This is a very easy technique for bending thin strips of wood to virtually any shape. Better yet, the simple apparatus is made from a few hardware-store parts. You simply hold a strip of wood against a section of metal pipe heated by a propane torch. Unlike steam-bending, there is no need to construct a large steam-box or substantial bending forms. Michael Fortune uses the technique to bend door pulls, curved moldings, salad tongs, back slats for chairs, and many other items. From Fine Woodworking #205
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