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Offline Jakesnyder

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Over steaming???
« on: November 30, 2019, 03:31:59 pm »
Is it possible to over steam a piece of wood? Could it do irriversable damage to it?

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2019, 03:39:51 pm »
I've read that over steaming can cause the inside of the bend to buckle but I've never had a problem with oversteaming. That said I never steam longer than an hour because that's when my steamer runs out of water. I have steamed 3/8" pieces for 40 min which would be about twice the 45 min for 3/4" recommendation. No problems. Most stuff you read is for tight bends for furniture. Most of the bending we do, other than sharp recurves, are fairly mild bends and I don't believe they are a problem.
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Offline Del the cat

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2019, 03:57:42 pm »
I don't think you are likely to over steam timber in any reasonable practical situation... But presumably after 100 years, it will be degrading :o ::) ;D
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Offline PatM

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2019, 04:52:42 pm »
 It is possible.  I've done this.  The piece of wood became like a wet noodle even when dry again.

Offline bownarra

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 01:47:42 am »
Yes you can and yes.

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2019, 02:56:39 am »
It is possible.  I've done this.  The piece of wood became like a wet noodle even when dry again.
Interesting info, thanks... never stop learning in this game :)
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Offline Marc St Louis

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2019, 06:13:23 am »
I've had Elm come apart at a porous ring from over-steaming when bending recurves
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Offline Jakesnyder

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2019, 06:42:21 am »
What about side ways bending something around 1.5" wide? Is it possible?

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2019, 10:02:53 am »
For you guys that oversteamed it, how long did you steam it? Is this a went for lunch and forgot it kinda thing?
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Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2019, 10:39:04 am »
Probaly depend a lot on kind of wood?

Offline Pat B

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Re: Over steaming???
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2019, 11:34:32 am »
Under normal circumstances I doubt you could over steam. If you steam it only long enough to make the wood pliable you should be OK.
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