Steam bending

I had the opportunity to steam bend the curved back legs for a chair – part of my next project! It was a lot of work to set up but bending really made my year because of how much help and support I got throughout the process. With the guidance of instructors and classmates bending two inch square blanks of white oak was really successful. Here are some photos from several bends:

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My medieval setup: the steam school’s steam generator was being repaired so I used their old equipment. A pressure cooker full of boiling water pumps steam directly into the steam box for nearly two hours. The surrounding mock-ups and sheet metal help to block the wind, while the blanket insulates the steam box, hopefully making the process more efficient.

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Action shot: getting the oak blank out of the steam box and onto the form as quickly as possible.

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Sliding the straight blank into the boot of the form.

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All the amazing help I received to bend the two inch blank over the form.

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Some shots of the finished product… almost!

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One response to “Steam bending

  1. Well done Doug, I look forward to seeing the finished product !!

    Rob Wood (second cousin I think)

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