Beginner steam bending

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Inspired by the work of fellow member Kiefer, I spent some time experimenting. I made these steam bent “s” curves as part of a larger project I have started. That was a lot of fun! I’m now hunting for supplies to build a much larger steam system. I also plan to talk to the people at the mill and see if I can get some air dried stuff. These were made from KD cherry.

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A couple more components of the mystery project:

In the first two pics I used a combination of ABS pipe, 3/8 dowel rod, and wedges to get the shape I was after.

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The project is top secret ;) I have other components bent now including 1/4" ash and 1/2" cherry. If this works, I’ll have one very happy daughter!

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Between 1/16 and 3/32. I tried 1/8" but was getting some breakage on the tighter radius. The only jig I had was a few pieces of pvc pipe. I was lucky enough to have a piece of 2-1/2" PVC electrical conduit that fit perfectly over the 2" ABS with enough space for the wood. After bending it, I quickly snapped the “clamp” over it. It worked like a champ. I bent the larger radius on all four pieces at once around a 3" pvc pipe. I originally planned to laminate 4 pieces together, but discovered it would be too thick for what I wanted, so I’ll only need two. I need two complete laminations for the project, so I’m ready to glue them up.

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That looks very good but you should post the jig also I am sure there is a lot of interest .
Glad you tried this and hope you can find some air dried lumber .


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