Steam box

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Project by Loren posted 07-25-2013 05:18 PM 3244 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made of salvaged, painted pine offcuts. The offcuts were
too short so I end-joined them with dowels using a
Jessem dowel jig. Then I flattened the boards a little
using a jack plane and ran then through my planer until
they were consistent enough to use to make a box –
you can see there is still paint here and there.

The box is screwed together. The bugle head screws have
a tendency to split the wood so I don’t drive them in
too hard. The dead end is a plywood scrap. The door
is a piece of quartersawn oak. The latch is one of those
things used to fasten table leaves – I don’t know what
it’s called but it’s great for this application since it will
function and pull the door in tight even if the door
swells in thickness and doesn’t want to close easily.

1/2” dowel rods are mounted about 1” up from the floor
of the box. A steamer fitting is on the bottom.

Box is about 62” long.

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 06:03 PM

Loren; this is a great repurposing of materials! Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 11:50 AM

Nice application of reclaimed wood, came out great. You’ll have to post a project made using this creation next.

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 11:52 AM

This is Awesome!! Great Job!
I am in the process of making a steam box, I do not need one this long or that large. I will be steaming 12” strips of Veneer and some veneer even smaller.
I am thinking 6 inch by 6 inch and about 24 Inches in length, I have bought a Wagner 705 wall paper steamer as my steam generator.
What steam generator are you using ? and is there a certain box size that is too small? It looks like your Steam will enter a bought the middle of the box and in from the bottom? Is this better than the top?
I really like the box that you created, I will look for that type of latch!
Thanks for sharing and any help you can give!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 04:17 PM

Mine is the Earlex model. It’s a wallpaper steamer I think,
repackaged for woodworking. My impression when I bought
it was that it produced more steam or had a longer cycle
or something, but really I don’t know about wallpaper
steamers so I can’t really compare.

You do have to drill relief holes so steam pressure can escape
the box. Mine are small, on the bottom. I can’t say whether
putting the steam in from the bottom is better… probably
just traditional from putting a kettle underneath.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 08:22 PM

That steam box looks very neat. What kind of projects do you find yourself utilizing it for the most? Is it chairs or some kind of art items? Just curious. I’ve never used one or actually seen one IRL.

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 08:36 PM

I’ll be using it to bend chair components for now. I’m
working on jigging up for a line of seating. Long process.

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 01:17 AM

I have to build me a steam box when I get back in the shop.
This one is really nice.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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