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Old 05-23-2020, 10:55 AM
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Default Bending wood

It's been 60 years since I bent myself some wood for a pair of skis, and it was not a great success then. I achieved a bend but it was not something great.

I was looking at this video today and the first thing that made me sit up was the statement that you cannot bend coniferous wood.
Interesting info on the subject.
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Thanks for sharing Gerry. Interesting guy.


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I have watched a lot of his videos. Very talented guy. Must have pressure and steam to drive the steam into the wood.
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I was working on a project boat in Fairhaven, MA at an older shipyard and they had a crew that would replace planks on the older fishing boats. Had a big, long "steam box" they would set up. Once the board was hot and juicy after a certain amount of time, they would take it out and screw it into place or maybe a bending jig was involved--I don't remember the exact procedure. They were mainly replacing a board here or there in the hull. Then they would pound cotton cord into the seams with a dull chisel type device.
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Very interesting and a good video. Thanks!
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That cord and dull chisel work is called caulking. Back in the "Dark Ages" I worked in a boat yard that did wood boats. We were about the only place between Albany and NYC that did wooden boats. Everybody else was into Fiberglass. There is a trick to caulking. If it is too tight you could spring the plank, and too loose it will leak. Over the winter storage the planks shrink and the caulk would get loose. But, if you tighten it up the plank will split. We used Fells Naptha soap and forced it into the seams before launching. The soap kept the water out till the planks swelled up and then squeezed out of the seem.
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