Don t paint or line the wood or dampness will lie against the surface promoting rot. Learn why air dried lumber is better and why a compression strap is the go to tool if you want serious curves in your furniture.
Maple is a very poor candidate for steam bending.
Fine woodworking steam box. In our classes we use two different styles of steam boxes. Long but it s made to accept extensions see drawing. Zoo i do extensive steam bending for the custom furniture that i design and build.
Woodworking steam box plans fence design ideas. The length of the box is up to you. Simple steam box popular woodworking magazine.
The work pieces are held up on dowels that run across the center of the box. Learn to produce astonishing curves in your furniture using steam bending. The vertical configuration is quite efficient because it allows the condensed steam to return to the boiler.
But you can vary the length of the tube to suit the workpiece. By seth keller building a steam box for bending wood only requires exterior grade plywood waterproof glue and an electric tea kettle. Because i steam mostly chair posts and strips for shaker boxes i cut the pvc pipe 48 in.
The steam goes into the box via a hole. Unlike interior ply it will withstand the steam and last for years. Our biggest steam box is a 13 1 2 x 13 1 2 x 73 plywood box.
Woodworking techniques woodworking jigs carpentry woodworking projects welding projects steam box steam bending wood how to bend wood homemade tools. Michael fortune demonstrates how to bend wood without breaking it using a steambox and a bending form. Article by popular woodworking.
One style is a plywood box the other is a pvc tube. Mine is 48 in. Woodworking techniques woodworking jigs carpentry woodworking projects green woodworking welding projects steam box steam bending wood how to bend wood.
It is very simple butt joints and screws. I bought my kettle from lee valley see source below. Saved by john fuson.
See more ideas about steam box how to bend wood steam bending wood. What it does require though is lots of heat a box to capture steam and a sturdy bending form. Saved by loki mcgregor.
While the steambox is working i set a pvc end cap loosely over the tube. Make the box from 3 4 in. Once you realize that each of the components works in conjunction with the others the setup sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how to from fine woodworking plus special offers.
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The wood is highly prone to both compression failure the crushing and collapsing folding in of the fibers on the inside of the bend and tension failure the fibers on the outside of the bend are literally torn apart due to excessive stretching.