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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 07-27-2013 11:41 PM 7033 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I purchased a Steam Bending Kit from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware so I could try out some Steam Bending. Bending wood is something I have never tried before and is out of my comfort zone. I wanted to dive into this area of woodworking and challenge myself as well as learn something new. So of the various forms of wood bending (Laminated Bending, Milled Bending, Steam Bending) I chose steam bending to be my first attempt.

The kit I purchased included the reservoir, hose, and some hardware for a box (Hinges and Latch) and a plan for a steam box. Well building the box is the first step into this new venture so that’s exactly what I did in this weeks video project. Stay Tuned for Next weeks video… A Steam Bending Project.

Also, keep an eye out for Some exciting news I am going to be sharing with you all.. video coming later today..

Here is a hint of the News!

Click here to find out more!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 12:45 AM

Nice build Laney. One day, I may try my luck at bending. Thnx for the how-to video. Another winner

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 04:56 AM

Good job pal.
Let’s see, Laguna shirt & Laguna band saw…hmmm

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 07:10 AM

A very informative video, Laney. Always thought wood steaming was harder than it really is. Looking forward to the next chapter. Thanks.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 03:18 PM

I look forward to projects with your steam box and a review of your new toy. It is always exciting to get new tools.

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 06:41 PM

great video Laney. been looking at that one , seem to heat it up ,how long did it take to get itthe heat temperature up there in the box ,love the new saw ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 08:51 PM

Eddie , I filled the reservoir with hot water to speed up heating time. Within minutes it was steaming and the box temp climbed to 160 and reach 212 degrees very soon after… when it reaches that point. then you time the steaming 1 hour for every 1” of thickness of material being steamed… this single reservoir can steam up to 130 minutes which is more then enough time to steam pieces as thick as 2” thick.. which i dont think ill be bending anything that

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#7 posted 07-28-2013 08:55 PM

thanks Laney, and sometimes those latches are a bit tricky :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 04:32 AM

Well done as always Laney. Thanks, I got to give this a try. Been wanting to do a bit of steam bending myself.

-- James Krenov..."It's about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them."

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