Thanks the veneer sounds like a good idea. Dad asked me to come up with a second option for us to try so that we can do both and compare before doing the headboard section because it is 58" long with a 4" height top to bottom. The curve is about the same but mirrored. He's been trying to convince me to try and steam bend these pieces so I thought Iíd come up with something along those lines.
My thought is build a jig like one of the following to distribute even clamping force along the piece. Since If I remember correctly clamping force radiates out in a cone shape that this kind of form would work. I think the second one might work a bit better as the force will be pressing the wood into the bend at the center at a 90 degree angle vs. about 15 from the top one. please correct me if Iím wrong or if it wont matter.
My second thought was that from my understanding steam bending gives to the possibility of the wood springing back a bit so the form would have to be built to compensate. I think one solution to this for me would be to steam bend 2 1/2" thick pieces then once they set remove them from the clamp, laminate them back together and re-clamp them and allow them to dry. That way the steam bending sets the wood close to the final bend and the lamination will compensate for the spring back.
My main concern, as I have no experience with steam bending, is if the form is solid on both sides that the setup/dry time will increase. I'm unsure if the process of cooling sets the bend or the drying. If its the drying then I feel I may need to cut slots into the curve on both sides to allow air flow so the it may dry more evenly then just via the open sides.
Thanks for reading!
Last edited by Chris Marlor; 05-22-2009 at 05:17 PM.
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