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Old 01-13-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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I am hoping to be able to build a C-Cab delivery body like the one in the attached pictures. Is it better to use a steam box to bend the pieces of wood in a jig or just cut the curves on a band saw leaving open end grains in the wood?
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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I would steam the wood and let it dry in a jig.
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Make a steam box. You will have less trouble with the wood splitting over time. Not to mention less waste of materials.
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Thanks for the replies. What kind of wood is preferred for a body like this? Is oak better than ash?
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If you steam Oak it will turn black.
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ash was the preferred wood for auto and truck body frames. It is strong and flexible. Ash was at one time cheap and plentiful as well. Oak was sometimes used during shortages of ash.

A simple steam cabinet can be made from a 4 inch PVC pipe. Cap the ends with reducer bushings and pipe the steam in through a smaller pipe.
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This is a 2" copper tube in which water is boiling in while having the wood inside.
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