Prostheta Posted April 5, 2008 Report Share Posted April 5, 2008 (edited) What are the relative differences between bending flamed, quilted and birdseye maple for ~1.0mm-1.5mm sides in terms of grain orientation, amount of spritzing required and spring back? Which more likely to split (flame, IIRC) when bending, and which require more "babying", less/more water, higher/lower temp, etc? I understand that flame is more prevalent on quartered, and quilted on flat sawn which I guess would have an effect. I have a decision to make on which figure to use for the sides of a semi-hollow i'm making which has had the small radii designed out, but this is my first adventure into the world of bending woods. I don't have any hardwood scrap in the right thickness to practice on unfortunately, although if there is a good "break in" wood to learn from, I would appreciate a recommendation so as not to potentially waste gorgeous figured stock. I'm not making a mould for this one, despite being hugely tempted to do so. It will be a hand-form glued to a 1cm thick maple core, so there is some leeway in terms of how accurate the bend has to end up...perhaps... Thanks all. Edited April 5, 2008 by Prostheta Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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