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Steam bending update ( FORM +STRAP )

I made a little better jig and strap for bending the back scratchers and it is a little more user friendly .
The jig block is a piece of plywood beam cut to shape and clamped into the vise .
The work piece is slid into the jig block side and on the other end onto the tension block which ensures no play from end to end .
The bending process is the same procedure but it easier because the form is held by the vise and it is just a matter of inserting the piece and start bending .

Better than the PVC.
Time to make some back scratchers.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Nice improvement. I started bending yesterday and had to go through some trial and error to get what I wanted. So far I have managed to turn pieces in both a 1" and 1.5" radius to 270°+. I’m not making back scratchers, but your excellent advice came at a very opportune time. Because of the tight radius required, I have had to go thinner with the cherry and will laminate several to get the thickness I need. I also discovered that speed is the key when working with thinner material. It cools very quickly so I only have about 10 seconds to get the bend I want. That doesn’t give me enough time to use a compression strap, but fortunately the wood bends like rubber during those first few seconds out of the steam. Thanks again kiefer, for steering me in the right direction.

-- Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

Good idea,nice work.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker