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Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Matthew Tucker, Feb 25, 2006.
Any makers using steam for bending ribs and linings?
Of course. You dampen the wood and then massage it against a hot bender. Steam results, mostly inside the wood, helping it become temporarily flexible. But I think you meant something else...
Yes I was thinking of steam chambers such as are used for bent furniture etc. Was that a silly thought? You're going to tell me that I spent all that time and money getting the wood nice and dry and now I'm thinking about saturating it with steam?
I'm pretty sure it would work ok. Once the piece is steamed, you'll have to bend and clamp it to a mold until dry and cool. You will probably get some bend-back, though. Have no worries about moisture content. Material as thin as bass ribs will dry in a matter of hours. An alternative method to your steam box is the use of silicone heating blankets on a mold. The blankets heat up and make the wood flexible; then the pieces are clamped to the mold/blanket, and the heat turned off. Many guitar makers and a few bass makers employ this method, which is extremely accurate.