Bendywood® -    The Bending Wood Without Steam

Bendywood® can be machined with the same tools and machines used for processing normal wood. However, since Bendywood® has been compressed, it is more compact than normal wood. As a result we recommend considering the following guidelines:

  • Saw and sand the Bendywood® like normal wood.
  • Do not plane and mill against grain direction: test on the planing machine in which direction the wood can be properly worked.
  • The rotation speed of the milling cutter should be about 20% higher than the speed used to process normal hardwood. Ideally use HSS-tooling.
  • Profiles, such as lippings for instance, are best milled on the edge of a blank or board and subsequently cut off at the circular saw.
  • With regard to the wood moisture, the following rules apply:
    • Bendywood® should be as dry as possible when planing and milling. Afterwards it can be bent.
    • The moisture content should only be raised up to about 12% if tight radii need to be achieved. Please check further instructions to this under part 3. How to bend Bendywood® and possibly moisten it.
    • After the bending the Bendywood® should be well dried again (moisture content of about 8%) before it can be further processed (i.e. fixed, glued, painted).
  • Avoid cutting Bendywood® into fixed lengths and stocking them, because at decreasing moisture content the Bendywood® will shrink in length.
  • Given that Bendywood® is not stable in length, it is important to make sure that Bendywood® is fully dry (= 7-8%) before proceeding to further working, such as gluing, painting or fixing it in a definitive way.
  • Bendywood® will not be damaged during the final drying process, because it has been already artificially dried during the production process.