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You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker. That’s because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible. Shipped and stored wet, the boards don’t take a set until they dry out. They come in 10 hardwood species in dimensions up to 8/4 by 6 inches and lengths up to 8 feet 4 inches. Most species cost $24 dollars per board foot; cherry and walnut cost $37. Fluted Beams, 253/495-4747, extremewoodbending.com.

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