Forum Title: Steam Bending
I have a project with a curved deck and stairs. The decking material is Ipe. I have heard many stories of unsuccessfull glueing of Ipe. I plan on building a steam box so I can try bending the deck boards. The smallest radius I will have to deal with is just over 11' and the larges is nearly 15'. I have two questions. 1) How wide of a board do you think I will be able to bend on edge? The main deck is 3 1/2 but I could be convinced to use narrower strips on the curved steps if need be. 2) Will I get enough steam from a wallpaper steamer rented from HD? I was there yesterday and they have an old rental they are selling for $152. I would buy it if I thought it would generate enough steam. The house itself has a few curved sections so I milled my own Azek soffit matterial. With just a little heat it sure cuved nicely. I thought I was going to have to buy heating blankets but with such a large radius it did not take much to bend them. Thank for any advice Dave
Category: General Contractor Post By: ARLENE STEELE (Tamarac, FL), 03/07/2018

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