Jon came over today to work on his rib and fit all the structure to the capstrips.
I wanted to get a head start with pre-bending the capstrips for the next rib I make which will be station 3. While pre-bending the wood, I've been having this problem of the boiled wood not being able to take the bend without splitting just a little bit. So far, if it happened I just used the other end of the capstrip and it didn't split. For this bend, one of the pieces just didn't want to take that bend. I don't think I'm making the bend too steep. I'm just tracing the rib from the plans and then taking the bend a little bit farther down to account for springback but not too far. I'm basically boiling the capstrips for 30-60 minutes before I try to bend them. I guess I'll ask around to see what other people have done. Here you can see the way the capstrip splits a little at the top surface.
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