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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bending sides, my method pt 2

So here is the last half of my bending documentation.

In the first pic the wood is hot and has started to yield. The waist caul is down to the bottom and I've started on the lower bout.

In the next pic both bouts are done. Then I turn the heat off for some minutes.

I release the blanket and remove the foil from the outside of the piece. At least from both bouts. Then I put the blanket back and cook it for a few minutes more. This last step is to dry the wood.

 In the last pic, the side rests in a holding form. No springback, no hassle.

Also, as you may have noticed, I don't use spring steel slats and I don't use a thermometer. This is easy and fast, I spend around 15 minutes from start to finish on each side.

But I really like one piece sides, those I make on the bending iron.
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