Wood Racing Bars!!!

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  1. #1 Posted Jul 7, 2017

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    Just Wondering IF They Can be Saved (Fixed)! They Still Very Solid even With the Cracks!!
    Right Leg is OK; But the Left One Needs to be Pulled -In!!!
    I Paid $280 for Them Thinking I Could Do It; But I Failed!!
    ???
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    No One Caber with Wood Skills????:astonished::astonished::astonished:
     
  3. #3 Posted Jul 15, 2017

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    It was originally bent with steam. To do it right, you'll have to build your own steam box.
     
  4. #4 Posted Jul 16, 2017

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    Take it to someone who restores old wooden boats that has experience with steam. You will need to build a jig from the good side.
     
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    I am a bit of a wood hacker and know that they would have been created in one of two ways. They either would have been one piece of wood steam bent using a steam box or they could have been created by laminating several thin layers which were put in a mold and then glued to hold the shape. Question is which method was used? I can not see the image well enough to determine. Does it look like individual layers or is one solid piece of wood? I suspect do the nature of the cracks I can see they may have been laminated.
    Side note all the new bars I have seen have been created by laminated multiple pieces.
    Bottom line before you do anything to correct the defects you need to know how they were made. If they were laminated putting them in a steam box will end in a total disaster as you will soften the glue, which was horse hide glue, and you will have literally a hand full of wood spaghetti. Please keep us posted.
     
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    Thanks for All the Feedback!!!:)
    I'll Keep them and Work Something Out!!!;)
     
  7. #7 Posted Jul 17, 2017 at 3:58 AM

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    There are a number of videos on YouTube that can give you an idea on how to bend wood like making bentwood chairs etc. While what you have is not as involved as making furniture, the same principle is there.
    If you want to keep it simple and easy, make a couple of wood jaws out of a hardwood like oak to fit in a bench vise. Let the side of the bars you want to bend saturate in very hot water and then clamp the handlebars in the vise. Wrap up the bar in rags and start pouring on a steady supply of boiling hot water. I would keep this up for at least 10 minutes or more and the bars hopefully will start feeling pliable enough to bend. I would have a wood jig made up before hand to clamp in the bars as they start to dry out.
     
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    I have also straightened a lot of Wood rims the way Craig said. Place on 3/4 inch plywood cover with towels and keep putting boiling hot water on them for 10 or more minutes then just clamp it down a leave it for a couple of days. Sometimes it works great others not so great.
     
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    Wrap up the bar in rags and start pouring on a steady supply of boiling hot water. I would keep this up for at least 10 minutes or more and the bars hopefully will start feeling pliable enough to bend.

    I Will Try This for Sure!!!
    Thanks Brothers!!!:)
     
  10. #10 Posted Jul 17, 2017 at 9:24 AM

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    If they were mine, I would glue with a good carpenters wood glue. insert in a vise padded by old cloth. They may not be straight tho-
     
  11. #11 Posted Jul 17, 2017 at 10:44 AM

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    Bri,,,,,Is Not the Cracks; It's the Lf Arm Bent Outwards;That Needs to Curve In and Match the Rt One!!!
    I will Figure Something and Show It When Fixed!!!!
    Thanks Guys!
     
  12. #12 Posted Jul 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM

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    Yea, but to keep the cracks from enlarging, you might wish to repair those first. (or maybe not)
     
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