Printer Stand (an excuse to try steambending)

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Project by psully posted 04-12-2020 03:46 PM 539 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had never done a project with steam-bending. I had some leftover plywood and the need to get my printer off the floor in the home-office. I used a piece of landscapers drain tube with end caps and a wall-paper steamer to steam some 1/4 trim which I ripped from some old barn boards. The steaming process was easy, took about 30 minutes to get the trim flexible enough. I bent it around a form at first to get it very close to final then re-steamed it and bent it on the actual piece – I probably should have just done that step from the start. I had read where using wax paper between the form and the trim is good to keep moisture out of the base (in this case a thirsty plywood edge). The final was glued and tacked on with a few pins and it is really tight. This is actually an easy process – I may upgrade the equipment and try other projects. The final printer stand is actually very useful – it beats having the printer and router on the floor. The whole thing is about 20 inches tall and just under 16 inches front to back and side-to-side. I would have made it a little larger, but I used leftover plywood (hence the sideways grain pattern), and this was as big as I could go but this fits so I’m happy. Finish is just a little stain to try and match the wood on the desk and some poly for protection.

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#1 posted 04-12-2020 03:52 PM

Necessity is the Mother of invention, think I bought a electric kettle and downloaded plans for a steamer box from Lee Valley 20 some years ago, kettle still in the box, never used:(

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-12-2020 08:28 PM

Interesting now your first blog on the process you used is needed. ... tee hee!

-- Regards Rob

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