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    Default Can U steam scale lumber?

    Want to make a curved rail. Put a 1.5 inch piece over some water to boil. Not sure the size...it came in Bar Mills fence kit. Measure to 1 mm. How can I make it hold the curve when it cools...if it doesn't turn to mush.

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    By securing in some kind of jig that wont let it move while cooling . That jig can be as simple as push pins not pushed all the way in , lined up to you desired curve , then place it in there and secure the other side with push pins to hold it in place . I would use small styrene strips to line the push pin jig on either side , so as to not leave marks or dents from the push pins

    All of this is of course possible if the piece dosnt turn to mush lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    I would use small styrene strips to line the push pin jig on either side , so as to not leave marks or dents from the push pins
    Gettin jiggy wit it. Thxs

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    Remember as the wood is small , it will cool quickly , there nothing to retain the heat

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    Got her pinned down. Like the styrene tip!


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    I've done a lot of steaming of larger lumber, building boats and wagon hoops. No reason it can't work on the small stuff. Just get it in the jig while it is hot. Works the same as spaghetti - it is not just the heat but also the absorbed moisture that keeps it pliable. Not only does it need to cool before coming out of the jig, it also needs to dry.

    I'll be interested to see how your project comes out!
    Cheers!
    Gordon
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    Well the first one didn't really hold the curve so I tightened up the radius on the jig and cooked it for 20mins on medium heat...a low boil. Still not sure this is what I need..but yes it is doable. As for building a footbridge...we shall see.

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    Thats my dry heat weathering technique on top, the bottom one is actually serviceable.

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    I'm out of energy on this.






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