Originally Posted by glenn.225
NOT TRUE, it will take a little longer in steam. But it will still work same as green (fresh non dried) wood. Steaming is great for altering the shape of wood and if held in place till really dried and sealed it will hold shape. Especially if two or more layers are glued together. I have tied knots with wood. So I would steam (or hot water
works well too) dry and seal as stated above.
I have tied knots with green wood too. I ignored the advice of two wood boat builders who both told me kiln dried teak can no longer be made soft in water ot steam. I shattered 800 bucks worth trying to prove them wrong. My research
found that the nicely formed teak on our 1984 Camper & Nicholson was done it the 'bad ole' days' when green teak could be imported (to England
in this case). The fresh, green wood was milled and shaped to make the splash & rails in 45 to 60 foot continuous planks. Since only kiln dried is allowed in for environmental protection reasons, I will need to wait till the boat is where the teak grows to replace the splash rails. I replaced my 1-1/4" thick X 3-1/2" wide toe rails using wide boards or JARA milled to the curve in 6-foot sections.
As I noted previously, trying to reshape the boards is free. The OP might have some success since the boards are relatively thin, however, I seriously doubt he will be satisfied.
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Here is a link for dimensional IPE up to 12 inches wide. Its not cheap
but has an un-oiled, un-varnished life of 45 years in the sun. Friends have a backyard deck
of this that was installed 8 years ago. It receives ZERO attention and looks like new.