Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'steam bending'

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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, I’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.

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Windsor Chair #6: Steam Bending - Successfully!

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

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Adirondack Chair #3: Mock Up Done

12-07-2013 05:05 AM by Scott R. Turner | 3 comments »

It’s been a busy week, but I managed to find the time to bend the chair arms for the mock-up chair and see about attaching them. I also trimmed the back slats to a gentle arc. Here are a couple of views: and As you can see from the line of holes up near the top of the back, I had the top back brace too high and had to move it down. While I had the brace off, I also shaped it to the curve of the back. I did this with a drawknife and spokeshave. The drawknife is certain...

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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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Windsor Chair #10: Improved Steam Bending

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

! I had some breakage steam bending the backs of my windsor chairs, so I finally got serious about it.

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Archtop 2012 #2: Sides

03-17-2012 06:01 PM by Josh Sollows | 0 comments »

Hey LJ, sorry for the delay between entries. I’ve been fairly pr-occupied recently but have taken lots of picture of the guitar! Well, steam bending the sides of the guitar was a fairly difficult step in the process. I didn’t use the typical steaming method, but rather, I soaked the pieces under hot water for several minutes. The sides are made of 3/32” thick Walnut. I bended the sides using a form made of laminated ply, in the shape of the sides. The heat was appl...

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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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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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