View Full Version : bending versus backing out

01-24-2005, 08:15 PM
In Garden's new book (Tomcat),
he mentions steam bending planks across their
width as an alternative to backing them out.

Anyone tried such a thing?
He does it with 1/2" WRC.


01-24-2005, 08:59 PM
I do this all the time with the stern ends of planks on whitehalls. especialy in the hollow area at the base of the transom. It works well, using a set of curved blocks and a clamp. you can also use extra water and steam on the side you want to become convex (increased expansion). Generaly though I find the clamps damage the soft cedar plnking, which isn't a problem in my appication because I can clamp the shape in past the transom, where the damge will get dropped in final fitting

Dan McCosh
01-24-2005, 09:09 PM
This sounds as if it would work nicely with thin planks, when there is little wood for backing out, not so well with thick stuff.