Timber Bending Australia – Steam Benders

Steam Benders provide a number of different timber bending options to suite a range of applications, from furniture and lighting, to much larger architectural requirements.

Our services:

Steam bending 

Often associated with wooden boat building where it is used in the shaping of hull’s ribs and lapboards. Steam bending timber is the process of using steam to heat timber, allowing it to bend it into curved shapes. It is an impressive technique, offering seamless, durable components

The main methods used for producing curves in timber are steam bending, laminating and cutting from solid pieces. Of these methods, steam bending is the one most often used because it offers simplicity, economy and no reduction in strength due to the absence of joins and or short grain.

Our steam bending services assist in the manufacture of curved or arch shaped structures for window heads, furniture components, architectural fascias, curved handrails, arch shaped doorways and contemporary design pieces.

Key Points: 

  • Steam Bending requires a tool or former to bend around, this will incur an initial one-off expense.
  • Some timber discolouration may occur.
  • Where larger thicknesses or tight radius’s are required, a combination of steam bending and laminating will be necessary.
  • Curves require a spring-back allowance; this should be considered and reflected in the design.
  • The lead-time for steam bending will require time for drying/setting timber parts into shape. Keep in mind when planning your next project.
  • Steam bending is not suitable for all timber types.

For more information or to plan your next bend, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

website: https://steambenders.com.au

Laminate bending

A laminated wood component is a marvel of lightness and strength and it will conform to the required shape equally well to a similar bend, made in a solid wood piece.

When making tighter curves and or when you require thicker timber sections, it is best to laminate several layers using thin strips of wood to form these curves. Sometimes referred to as cold bending, the curve is achieved by cutting the timber into thin strips and then gluing these thinner, more flexible pieces together around a former to create a strong and permanent shape.

Key Points:

  • Laminate Bending requires a tool or former to bend around, this will incur an initial one-off expense.
  • Glue seams/joins will be visible, especially in lighter colour timbers.
  • It requires more processes than steam bending. There is a lot of machining prior to bending and cleanup following the bend.
  • Curves require a spring-back allowance; this should be considered and reflected in the design.
  • Suites all timber types.

For more information or to plan your next bend, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

website: https://steambenders.com.au

We are dedicated to providing fast efficient steam bending and laminating service for the whole of Australia. You can be certain when you entrust your next project to us we will do everything in our power to deliver a quality product on time.

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Steel Road Custom Furniture

With over 15 years experience, we have in-depth knowledge and skill in timber manufacture. Specialising in solid timber construction, we manufacture and supply all areas of the timber industry, servicing both residential and commercial, supplying both loose furniture and architectural components.

At Steel Road we make functional designs with exceptional craftsmanship. Each piece is custom, made-to-order, carefully manufactured by hand using the best of modern and traditional woodworking techniques. We exclusively use sustainably sourced timbers species and the finest materials and finishes.

We are passionate about what we do and look forward to working with you.