daveq Posted October 31, 2003 Report Share Posted October 31, 2003 Does anyone here have experience steaming wood for bending? I bent a maple top last night and it seems to have turned out fine but I wanted to see if there is a better way. I used a regular clothes iron and set it to max heat. Once it was warmed up, I held it just off the surface of the wood for a while and tried to apply pressure to the maple. I flipped it over and steamed the other side from time to time. The whole process probably took at least 15 minutes (no clock in my work area). The wood got very hot and never really became very flexible. I was able to get it to bend using the clamps and eventually got it glued on. I have one more maple top to do soon and I wanted to see if there is a better way to go about this. The top I just did was a bit less than 1/4". The next one will be exactly 1/4" so I'm anticipating a bit of a harder time with this one. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks, dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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