This particular post has gotten the most traffic of all my posts for a while now. Is there really that much interest in wood bending? I would remove it if I thought that this post draws readers to my page by mistake, but then again, I'm willing to leave it up with the hope that would-be wood benders might also be interested in kayak building. So other than that this page skews the statistics for this blog, no real harm done. Hot air wood bending, really? Who would have known.
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.|