Straighten my cane!
January 19, 2010 5:47 PM   Subscribe

No, not like that, dirty Gurty! How do I straighten 12 bamboo / river cane rods (about 7' in length), all at the same time? Please note, I am not above making a simple machine to get the job done.

I have quite a lot of river cane growing on my property. I'd like to cut and straighten a bunch of it for a building project. But, it has to be really, really straight.

I've had good luck straightening it with an electric stove burner and some gloves but that takes too long. And it's boring!

I'm wondering -- how do people who are in the cane-straightening business do it? Steam box? Convection? Rollers?

I had an idea to put it in a giant gas line tube, heat that up with a torch or something and then roll it out between two sheets of plywood.
posted by metajc to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Peg-board jig and a heat gun? I don't know if that would qualify as "really, really" straight though.
posted by ctmf at 7:43 PM on January 19, 2010

Don't know much about bamboo straightening. Maybe try soaking/ steaming them until they're good and wet, then hang them with a weight attached at the lower end. Let them dry. Not sure how big the diameter is. They might have to dry slowly though. Just a thought.
posted by Taurid at 10:43 PM on January 19, 2010

Make a steam box from stove pipe,after the bamboo gets pliable stack it in corrugated steel roofing to hold it straight.
posted by hortense at 11:42 PM on January 19, 2010

Response by poster: Has anyone used a steambox for bamboo/cane? I kind of want to make one for the heck of it but don't really want to if it won't work.
posted by metajc at 7:00 AM on January 20, 2010

Response by poster: PS: My dad found that holding the cane right above a cookstove's propane flame worked quickly and efficiently. Not exactly a mass production situation but a lot faster than using an electric burner, apparently.
posted by metajc at 12:16 PM on February 22, 2010

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