Dimensions of tack strip and best wood to steam bend?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Dimensions of tack strip and best wood to steam bend?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Schwab on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:32 am:

What are the dimensions of the seat tack strip for a '14 touring and what wood bends the best when steam bending?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Val Soupios on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:40 am:

I got the new non wood tack strip from Ford Wood and it worked great. It bends with a bit of heat and holds tacks, staples and screws just like wood.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By G.R.Cheshire on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:10 pm:

check this out
http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/472948.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:10 pm:

Kiln dried and soft grain woods should be avoided. Recommended are white & red oak and ash. If you just want to try it fine go ahead but Val's suggestion sounds like a good one if you're not already set up for bending.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary London, Camarillo, CA on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 03:55 pm:

I used green hickory; steamed it in a long pipe and it worked great.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bud Holzschuh - Panama City, FL on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:10 pm:

I ripped my tack strip out of a piece of PVC molding bought at Home Depot. Worked wonderfully, easy to bend with a heat gun, held tacks well and CHEAP !

What more could you want?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John F. Regan on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 06:38 pm:

This not a vote against the PVC stuff and I have a deck made with AZEK and I really like the stuff but to answer the question, the easiest wood of all to steam bend is white oak. That is why Ford drawings call for it on their top bows drawings and why you also will find it used in the T era to hold glass windows in place on the 1912 Delivery Car since those were elliptical windows and the glass was held by a steam bent white oak trim ring that is bent the shape of the window glass edge perimeter. On most charts that rate woods for the ease of steam bending, white oak generally is at the top. Hard Maple is one of the more difficult woods to steam bend but a lot of the raring of "easy" or "difficult" has to do with the final radius you are attempting to achieve.


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