In the Architectural forum there is a comment that you can not successfully steam bend kiln dried wood. Is this fact? If so what is the preferred MC for wood that is slated to be steam bent - let's say, in a production setting of chair making?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Gene Wengert, technical advisor, Sawing and Drying Forum:
That is basically a true statement indeed. The preferred MC so that you will not get breakage is 16% for mild bends and 23-25% MC for severe bends. Of course, steaming and end pressure are also important, as well as grain angle and grain direction.