The Steam-Bending Properties of Certain Tropical American Woods.
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CONN SCHOOL OF FORESTRY
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The study is one of a series undertaken as part of a continuing investigation of the properties of tropical woods. The softening of wood through the application of steam to faciliate bending to sharp curvatures has long been practiced. Although advances in glued laminated construction have greatly broadened the applications of wood in curved form, there remain many important uses for steam-bent solid wood. Among the examples which may be cited are such uses in boatbuilding as frames, chine members, guards, and planking bent-wood furniture, particularly bent-wood chairs tool handles, and various types of sporting goods. This paper is concerned with the determination of the steam-bending properties of these woods and is directed particularly toward the establishment of some practical criterion which may serve as a basis for the selection of woods suitable for steam bending. Author
- Wood, Paper and Related Forestry Products
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems