This blog is about various boat and environment related topics that I care to comment on. First and foremost, this blog is about skin on frame boats, their construction and use, as well as paddle and other stuff related to skin boat use.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Hot Air Wood Bending
Steam bending of long pieces of wood requires a long steam box and a lot of time to get the steam box heated up. So unless you intend to steam a lot of pieces, waiting for the box to heat is a pain. Instead, we did some hot air bending. The wood, black acacia had soaked to the point of sinking and so was thoroughly saturated with water. So with a hot air gun and lots of clamps, we heated a few inches of wood at a time, bent, clamped and then moved on. Simplicity itself.
Heat the inside.
Heat the outside, bend and clamp.
All done. Wait for the thing to dry, remove clamps and glue.