: I have a project I'd like to try. It's fairly small, the pieces are no
: longer that 10". I don't have the means (money) to build a steam box.
All you need is a length of 4" or larger PVC pipe, an end cap, and
: "slats" are 1/8 - 3/16 thick by 2 - 3 inches wide. Questions are:
: 1) What's the easiest wood to bend?
Steamed ash is good.
: 3) For one of the projects, I need to put a 90 degree twist down the length
: of the slat, can this be done?
Probably, depending on how thin the wood is, and how abrupt
a twist you want.
: 4) What's the best finish to keep the wood from "unbending"?
Thew finish isn't going to do much. If you laminate a few pieces
together, epoxy or urea-formaldehyde glue will stop springback.
-- Andy Barss