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Re: Steam bending kiln dried wood

I neglected to give my usual steam bending protocol.
For green lumber - 1 hour for every inch of thickness. Said hour being measured from when the temperature in the steam box achieves a stable temperature (typically above 200 F).
For air dried lumber - at least 1 hour 15 minutes, usually 1 1/2 hour for every inch of thickness.
For kiln dried - usually about 2 hours.

I have no idea if the lignin "sets" or what with kiln drying. I understand what you are saying about getting moisture back into the wood. I don't know if it is that possible with kiln dried wood. Sounds like an interesting series of experiments with a moisture meter the next time I'm bending. I have some 1/2 rounds that I need for a project I have in mind. I could try some with kiln dried as well as green and air dried. I could stab the wood with the moisture meter and make sure I was at the same relative level (more or less).

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