John Abbett Posted May 19, 2008 Report Share Posted May 19, 2008 All, So I set up my hot pipe, and resawed some nice curly maple into strips for my 335 I'm making. I sanded them smooth, and was all set to go. I soaked them for about 5 minutes, and tried to bend it on the hot pipe - NOTHING. I Cooked and cooked these thin strips, they would not bend. Sure, I could get a slight radius out of it, but not the curvy hornes I needed. Every time I tried to bend the strips, they broke. They broke across the grain. I spend 2 hours playing with different moisure and temperature settings. I ended up with a pile of half bent strips on the floor. Very disappointing. So I mixed up a stiff drink and wondered what I did wrong. The next evening I grabbed a hunk of air dried maple from the woodshed and cut and thicknessed it, soaked it about 5 minutes in the tub, put it on the hot pipe, and wham, bent like a champ. I got both the left and right bent perfectly, and broke one where I got a little carried away. It only took a few minutes, they are drying in the mold for a few days then they should be ready to go. The only thing I can think of is that the first set of Maple boards were kiln dried, and the second set of wood strips air dried. They were hard maple, but they should still bend. I don't know what type of maple the second set was, just maple. Anybody run across this, the wood that wouldn't? -John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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