Poeple can say all they want about how teak can be steamed but it illustrtes a lack of knowledge about how teak is harvested.
oak steams well beause of the way it is generally harvested - green oak is the best wood in the world to steam due to its water
Teak however tends to be girdled at harvest. That means the tree is partially cut so that the wood dries as part of a tree and then is cut and shipped, this makes the wood weigh less and less warpage durinig shipping
- equals more money
to the farm...
what it also means is that it is not ideal for steaming....
...doesnt mean you cant steam it, it just means you need to have limited expectations.
1. If you want to steam bend teak dont look for radical curves
2. Have a former in place to drop the hot teak plan into
3. Soak the teak in water
for at at least 3 days
before steaming...teak doesnt like to take up water which is why it is a grat marine
wood and also a shitty steaming wood. Letting it soak this long gets the water in as best you can to then be heated up in the steam box...
4. Throw it in a steam box. Normally it is an hour an inch - double that
5. Have help and heat resistant gloves when it comes out - dont even waste 30seconds - get it in the former immediately after the steam box
6. Leave it ther 24 hours or more if it is a hot wet climate
7. Maybe this should be point 1 - ther will be spring back - so if this is a problem plan for ti and make the radius 15-20% tighter to account for it. you wont be able to totally eliminate the spring bakc but you can plan and clamp for it during install...
Alot depends on the quality of the teak you buy as well...it is old growth with a nice tight striaght grain or is it forced new growth....
hope that helps
There is a huge difference between mechanically fastened teak planks like on a carvel planked hull
and curved piecs on a teak deck
. I have planked two carvel hulls using teak and it is a joy to steam and clamp
, and especially plane - oh the joy of planing old growth solid teak - like butter, but this is a different animal to decking...