Advice on bending poplar
HI, first post here. Hope someone can give me a little advice on a project I am working on...
I am trying to make some old fashion styled wooden skis for a Christmas gift. (I should have started this months ago)
The skis are what is sometimes called "hunters skis" they are not like normal x-crountry skis, these are 5.5" wide, and 4' long. They are basically sliding snow shoes...
I am using poplar as its cheap and this is sort of an experiment, I could switch to red oak or maple as they are at the big box stores.
The stock I have is standard 3/4 thick 4x6. I have thinned the end down by rasping the topside, and would like to turn up the end. The portion I thinned is about 4-5 inches back from the tip.
How thin do i need to make the section I wand to bend up, and how long will I need to steam it?
also, do I need a steam box or is just holding the board over a kettle doable? (I have never tried steam bending anything)
If need be I will put relief cuts into the top as i can hide them with a canvas backing I plan to add.
Any help on this bending would be great.