I need to bend some wood to make a top arch for an outdoor gate. Want to
use White Oak. Have attempted steam bending with dried S2S Oak from the
lumberyard without success. Where can I purchase a couple of pieces of
1x4x4' of raw White Oak? I have a bandsaw, jointer and planer to clean it
Thanks for the offer, but Red Oak will not work. White Oak is quite
moisture resistant, Red is not. Has to do with something in the pores of
the wood that makes the weather resistance difference. They use WO for wine
Two places. People who fell trees, or people who take felled trees and
mill them to green boards for drying. Anyone later on in the chain is
Ask around. Talk to the mill people and see who they suggest. If
you're desperate, phone WoodMizer and ask them who operates a bandsaw
mill in your area. They might not have it, but they'll know who to
What you need is a froe. Cleave it to size, bend it, then worry about
the shape. It's easier to bend continuous-grained timber with a wiggle
than it is if it has already been sawn straight.
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