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volksboy57

I live for the CABE
really nice work on those bars and grips! I hope they flipped the sprocket to the other side
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locomotion

Cruisin' on my 1897 Comet
very cool video, I probably watched it 3-4 times when it came out on Facebook
I wrote to the guy when the video first popped up on Facebook to ask him if he was going to start selling wood bars, and he said that they are too time consuming to make and that the price would be too high
so he said he won't be making any for resale
I guess they made all the molds for only one set!

I still don't understand why they had turn the handlebars from a solid wood block, might of been faster to simply use a 7/8" (or in their case 1") wood shaft already available
 

49autocycledeluxe

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
I still don't understand why they had turn the handlebars from a solid wood block, might of been faster to simply use a 7/8" (or in their case 1") wood shaft already available

it could be whatever off the shelf dowels are made of (pine?) is not a good wood for steam bending. I was a woodshop major in high school.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
from the interweb:

What types of wood can be steam-bent?


Can all wood be steam-bent?


All wood is made from Lignin and Cellulose so all species of wood can be steam-bent to some extent. Generally 'Temperate Ring-Porous Hardwoods' are best if you want to do tight bends but there are a lot of exceptions, and gentle bends can still be achieved with most other woods.

Bending qualities of various hardwoods were tested by the U.S. Forest Service and the results show that white oak, hackberry and red oak were ranked as the best woods for steam bending, while soft maple, yellow-poplar and hard maple were ranked as the least compatible with the steam bending process.
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my 1897 Comet
it could be whatever off the shelf dowels are made of (pine?) is not a good wood for steam bending. I was a woodshop major in high school.
in Montreal, there are at least 1 or 2 specialised "wood" store/importers/distributors that sell all types of woods in different forms
those stores sell mostly to cabinet makers, furniture makers and enthusiasts
I have been in one 2 or 3 times when I was restoring an old building, and it's pretty amazing what they actually have in stock

maybe he just wanted that "we made it all" label
still very cool either way, I was just wondering
 

49autocycledeluxe

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
we had a real good local "wood store" back when I did woodworking. it's not there anymore. could be it is just easier to make it if he lives out in the sticks.
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my 1897 Comet
from the interweb:

What types of wood can be steam-bent?


Can all wood be steam-bent?


All wood is made from Lignin and Cellulose so all species of wood can be steam-bent to some extent. Generally 'Temperate Ring-Porous Hardwoods' are best if you want to do tight bends but there are a lot of exceptions, and gentle bends can still be achieved with most other woods.

Bending qualities of various hardwoods were tested by the U.S. Forest Service and the results show that white oak, hackberry and red oak were ranked as the best woods for steam bending, while soft maple, yellow-poplar and hard maple were ranked as the least compatible with the steam bending process.
here is his answer about the type of wood they used
"we experimented with white oak, red oak, hemlock, and hickory. We ended up using the white oak but that's mainly because it had the right amount of moisture for bending"
 
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