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Salvaging a molding plane

04-16-2021 10:39 PM by Oldtool | 3 comments »

I have a wooden sash plane with a bit of a twist in the body, and decided to try and salvage it like I did prior with a beading plane.As mentioned, this plane had a bend in the middle where the stock is the thinnest: I proceeded the same as prior with the beading plane, using a roaster oven to steam the body for about an hour and a half. After steaming, clamp up was the same again, between 2 X 4s and with old plastic gift cards to slightly over bend, in an effort to counter any possible sp...

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Lessons learned while building a table

10-17-2020 08:08 PM by Oldtool | 5 comments »

I’m currently building a dining table for my daughter, and I’ve encountered two woodworking problems that may be of interest to others. First problem, turning the legs. Table is Silver Maple, and when at the saw mill the owner directed me to a different location for some 12 quarter for the legs, and I didn’t ask what the type of maple it was. When I began turning the legs, I had a difficult time with chip out and snags. I’m not a good turner, but I have turned for a...

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Morris Chair #1: Morris Chair Design and Cut out parts

02-28-2017 04:26 PM by PPK | 8 comments »

Here I’m going to outline the method I am taking to build myself a Morris Chair. I’ve been wanting to have one of these because I really like the look and the comfort, but also because I want to learn some new techniques, especially upholstery. I know there are a number of other blogs on building a Morris Chair, but they are all different, and everyone has their own unique ways of building. So here’s mine! I am not using a plan, per se. I have been looking at lots of pic...

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Building a quick cheap and easy steam box

08-11-2016 03:37 PM by BenhamDesign | 4 comments »

I needed a steam box to steam bend a walnut handle. The last time I, steam bent a handle I just threw it in a contractor bag and pumped it full of steam. This worked OK but by the end of the steaming process the bag had started to melt and it turned into a bit of a mess. This time I decided to build a proper steam box, but lost interest because I hate shop projects, Iā€™d rather be building furniture. Instead, I built a down and dirty steam box. If you would like the deep down detai...

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Lutherie steam bending tool.

11-21-2015 04:27 PM by Tomy Hovington | 1 comment »

After I posted a video a few months back, a lot of questions came to me about one of the home made tool I was using. This Video is to answer those questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgcCPaUq5us

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Windsor Chair #10: Improved Steam Bending

09-04-2015 08:31 PM by PeteCollin | 2 comments »

!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6DQve471co I had some breakage steam bending the backs of my windsor chairs, so I finally got serious about it.

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Windsor Chair #6: Steam Bending - Successfully!

12-03-2014 12:06 AM by PeteCollin | 0 comments »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leaUv9ieDGA

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methods of work #30: Steam bending a wide board

06-07-2014 03:17 PM by Loren | 11 comments »

My heaviest steam bend yet… an oak board about 7” wide and 1.25” thickand tapered to 7/8” at the other. It took several days of setup before I hit on attaching the form to a 1000lb boat anchor of a vintage case clamp. I tried doing it on the work bench with the form on its back but thatwas hopeless due to the awkwardness and weight of the bendingapparatus that has to be loaded with a steamed part and quickly clampedto the form. I’ll need to improve this and m...

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Adirondack Chair #12: Lessons Learned

05-07-2014 02:14 PM by Scott R. Turner | 4 comments »

This is a wrap-up posting to talk about some of the lessons I learned in making the chair. I like to retrospect a little at the finish of a project to understand what worked, what didn’t work, and how to apply those lessons to my craft. This was the first time I’d done a project with steam-bending. For the most part that worked out fine. The actual process of steam-bending is not as daunting as it first seems. There were some challenges in building the forms—they need...

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Adirondack Chair #10: Bending the Arms

01-21-2014 07:49 PM by Scott R. Turner | 1 comment »

Redryder asked about the steam-bending process. I’ve covered that a little bit earlier in the series, but I bent the arms (well, one so far) today, so I took some photos along the way. Here’s the basic set-up. The box is made out of plywood, dado-ed, glued together and caulked on the seams. It has held up fairly well but is starting to come apart in some places and I’ve had to reinforce it. The steamer is the standard Rockler kit. The kit comes with the brass fit...

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