How To Steam Bend Wood At Home




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C. Ewen MacMillan: Thanks for this - most tutorials I have seen assumed someone already had some ready made equipment. Your tutorial makes me think banjo rims (using 3/8 wood) should be a lot easier than the wood with which you are working. -cem

Sean Carney: It does get a wee bit softer, but it does retain it's shape during the process....unlike the old vacuum hose, which promptly collapsed with the heat. Dunno why it won't let me reply to you directly, Johny, but there's your answer.

gerard james: about the water level part cork floats two cork inside pot will float stick dowel to the drpth of pot and a dark line on stick top of pot line(water line full ) it rise out of water.

William Adams: Water level gauge: Drill holes in the side of your water tank just above bottom, and near top. Install 90 degree threaded pipe elbows with gaskets in each hole. Connect a length of heat-resistant, clear plastic tubing between the two 90 degree connections. Your tank water will flow into the vertical tubing and level itself with the water in the tank, allowing you to see the water level at a glance.

Johny Why: Hi, nice project! any problems with the PVC? I've heard it may get soft at a lower temp than water's boiling point. thx

Chad Magiera: How to steam bend wood at home

Guillaume Laflèche: To mark water depth, maybe you could place the boiler on a scale with the appropriate counter weight that's equal to the boiler at the minimum water level of your choice (maybe leave a bit for safety). For you could make a scale, simply a platform on an axle. For safety, make sure the boiler can't spill or fall off, make sure the scale is solid, and make it so the boiler will only lift a tiny bit at low water level. When the boiler lifts, you'll need a simple system to notify you and make it more obvious. If the boiler normally rests on a burner, the low water level would also lift it off a bit to give you time. Not sure if it's a good idea, I just thought I'd share what popped in my mind.

Joe Sommers: Good setup

Zvonko Mokricky: na podoben način tako krivim ladijska rebra za moje modele old ship.

Tanishq Chatterjee: Sorry, awesome work by the way, but how long did you steam this for? 

Thebatjoeny: Awesome!!!

redwow: The trick to steam bending? Take a piece of straight grained oak and just do it.

Zack Payne: If it came from a pallet I would probably guess it was pine wood

gj3072: That's a pretty thick peace of wood you are bending, it's 1" maybe?

Sean Carney: Nope: Oak. Nothing stinks like Oak, and this stuff smelled fairly rank when I cut it.

Cyro-Nydd: Thanks! Appreciate the instructional. I'm approaching a unique at-home project in that I'm building my own snathe so that I can put together a scythe. I'm one of those nutty people that don't like using gas-powered yard tools, but the ground is pretty uneven for my push mower out where the tall weeds are so I'm on the lookout for alternate solutions. :D

BuickDoc: What part of S. TX? I'm in Laredo. I am bending wood for antique car body wood parts and am also just getting started. My biggest problem is how to plan for the rebound of the wood when the pressure is released. Have you developed a plan as to how much to 'over bend' the wood so that it is the right shape when it rebounds? Also, how long do you leave the wood in the jig? I've heard people on YouTube say from 24 hrs to 7 days. Thanks for the video!

TheZiggyman01: would your steamed wood get damaged by the force of the clamps holding it in place? and does the duration of steaming depend on type of wood you have i.e. various hard woods?

John Rogers: I'm prettty steamed up about this!

Ashley Riah: This was such a suspenseful video! Was it going to break? Was it not? I had no clue!

schtals: What kind of wood that was?

Sean Carney: I'll have to try that! It should work.

Dumchikan: you don't need to steam bend if you are going to make a laminate bow....

Rahoul Kille: Is there a index where i can determine how much time my wood needs to steam relative to its size? ie. 110x76x3200 yellow ash? Is pressure a factor or must the tube just have a high humidity?

Ihaveabigbrownbear: You could measure the water level by using a set of scales to weigh the contents of the boiler. Just sit the boiler on a piece of wood which would then sit on the scales, as the water boils off, the weight of the boiler will drop, hey presto! By the way I like the setup, simple, cheap, effective and that's what we all want.

Sean Carney: Dunno. I think it was some type of Oak, but it came from a pallet so I don't really know.

Christopher Deak: Thanks so much! Pretty awesome 'rig'

Sean Carney: Yep, and the thickness matters, too. I suppose the clamps might dimple the wood, but then again they can do that without the bending. My clamps already came with non-maring shoes for the clamps, and they worked well.

MrToadMaster: Nice. Keep it simple. I'm just trying to bend a piece of 5/16" poplar for an arched door frame stop. This should work just fine. Thanks for sharing your tricks!

Sean Carney: DEEP South Texas....think down 'round Brownsville. Huh...I just kinda took the clamps off when it cooled. I didn't hear about the time thing; guess I shoulda looked up more data. At most I had about 1/8" spring back when the clamps were released, and they've stayed true.
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