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Curved Clear Coated Maple

1/31/19       
Michael Turner  Member

We have a project that is requiring 30 different radius pieces of 5/8" x 5 1/2" clear coated maple baseboard with a round over profile. The client doesn't want it laminated so that requires steaming. Are there any companies that specialize in this?

1/31/19       #2: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
MarkB Member

Do they know that you steam bend green wood? I'd make them a small sample and see if they can tell its laminated.

1/31/19       #3: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Alan F.

We would resaw solid, then laminate it back together depending on the radius.

A lot of the pieces you can buy run the grain vertical for small Os corner radii

B.H. DAVIS COMPANY

1/31/19       #4: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Larry

Steam bent large radius maybe, but spring back is always an issue. Using KD lumber often results in splits. Need straight grained material. I used to steam bend but it wasn't worth the hassles. We keep the pc. in order when laminating and it is difficult to see the lines. I've got a band resaw that works well. On wide parts like base we vacuum bag. Hope the client has deep pockets.

2/1/19       #5: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Adam

White oak is the preferred wood for steam bending. Its a continuous grain wood that resembles a bunch of straws under a microscope.

White steam bends much easier than red. Its obvious. Maple would be challenging as well.

We would do it just like Alan. If you use the same stick of wood the color will match exactly after you glue it back together. Pretty easy stuff. Resaw, label the pieces, sand them up and bend them.

2/1/19       #6: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Paul Miller

Website: http://MCCWOODWORKING.COM

We do it like Allen and Adam. Resaw your lumber, depending on the radius as to how thick the material can be. I also build a form to clamp the material. When clamping, we start with two pieces and after this has dried, add another layer, one at a time. From my experience, if you try to glue up all of your pieces in one glue up, you will get spring back.

2/1/19       #7: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
rich c.

What's the radius?

2/2/19       #8: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Pat Gilbert

Using plastic resin glue minimizes the spring back.

2/7/19       #9: Curved Clear Coated Maple ...
Jim Lewis  Member

Website: SpringwoodStudios.com

I usually laminate my curves because I can control springback better. Most of my curves are freestanding, as in table stretchers, rather than applied like a baseboard. Usually I steam and bend, wait a day or two, then laminate.

If your wood is still damp after steaming, when it shrinks it will tighten the curve. Probably not a problem for your application.

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