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I'm looking for a table of different types of wood, which gives numbers on how bendy they are. Are there any such tables?

I ask because I need to decide which veneer I should use to create tight contours. I'm not necessarily after the most bendy though, as I may make a compromise between bendiness, appearance and cost.

I think the reason I haven't had luck on google is "bendiness" is probably not a technical term. What I really want to know is how small a radius the wood can bend round, for a given thickness of wood, without breaking or splintering etc.


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There are lots of such tables. It sounds like you want some combination of bending strength and stiffness information. This should help get you started:… However, you might find what you want faster by searching for something like "best veneer woods". – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 23 '13 at 14:35
To my knowledge, veneers are sufficiently bendy because they are so thin (usually about 1/64"), that its rarely an issue to make a curve. – whatsisname Nov 23 '13 at 17:49
It would help to know what radius you want to bend it to. As info, I recently bent maple paper backed veneer 90 degrees around a vanity corner that had a rounded corner with about a 3/4" radius. The bend is along the grain though, not against it. – getterdun Nov 23 '13 at 20:07
FWIW steamed veneer is less brittle and will wrap a tighter radius, but you need to find a glue that will adhere to wet wood. Perhaps something polyurethane based, which needs moisture to cure. – bcworkz Nov 23 '13 at 23:45
Dry heat works nicely too - read up on "bending the sides" in guitar and violin making. – Ecnerwal Nov 24 '13 at 4:28

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