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Teak Bend

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Anyone have an idea how to bend Teak, I need a slight bend about 2 1/2 inch on a 28 inch board 5/15 thick 2 inches wide.

Trying to rebuild the top of my sliding hatch cover.

Peter

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Generally Teak cannot be bent without breaking.  It is cut dry and is very dry by the time it's cut to size.  Steaming teak because of it's oils usually doesn't work but being only 5/15" thick may bend over a 28" length.  If bending dry or steamed doesn't work, then making up the piece in laminates would be a solution.  Cut thin strips bend on a form and epoxy to build up the right laminate thickness.

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I had a similar problem, but the sort of teak strip found in DIY sheds will not bend in that way. tak log is good for offshore furniture. If it is proper teak strip then your will need to give it a lot of steam time, and I suggest that you bend in round some sort of former made with 6 inch nails in a chunk of old railway sleeper, to get a rough bend, and then doa second steaming to get it to fit the table properly.

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