Does anyone have any experience with steam bending redwood?? I have been
asked to make an arch 9" wide with about a 3' radius, 3/4" thick. The wood
has not been kiln dried so that will help. It has been air dried. Steaming
might be easier than a bent lamination but I have no experience with
redwood. Thanks, Mark
The only redwood I steam bent was also laminated from 3/16" pieces.
Belt and suspenders time as I was under the gun and the end units had
some pretty tight radii. The stuff bent fine and with a 3' radius you
shouldn't have any problem.
Personally since you have a 3' radius and only 3/4" thickness is
required, I'd probably laminate three (3), 1/4" thick pieces in one
pass using laminating epoxy with a slow hardner to get 25-30 minutes
of open time.
If you try to steam it, you will be under the gun the whole time.
Epoxy gives you some breathing room.
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