How to Steam Bend Wood





Introduction: How to Steam Bend Wood

First of all add hot water to the wallpaper steamer. Two pieces of wood for bending are already inserted into the chamber of the steamer. They are made to raise from the base and each other by placing a few small pieces off wood between them. The steamer is connected to the chamber and turned on. You will need an hour of steaming per 2.5 cm of thickness. I am steaming two pieces of one meter long pine, which are 1 by 4 cm thick. I would estimate about 60 to 70 minutes. The chamber is sealed quite tightly however the steam does condense into water within it. By turning the the chamber towards the ground, the pressure from the steamer will force any water out. When your time has passed, in a quick and smooth action, open your chamber and place the wood on the former carefully bending it into shape. Make sure to wear leather builders gloves as the steam is hot!



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    My Mrs was going to throw an old carpet / floor steam cleaner out today. The water container is massive, plus it has many pipes and brushes; I have to look at it properly, it was in my shed like a shot, before she said, "Oh no, more clutter!" I have an old steam iron with a water vessel too but it has been under my bench in the garage for months, I will have to find the time to bend some wood as the Mrs would like a seat in the garden that looks like an upended boat.


    Which color I need to protect my wood chamber inside and outside made of


    thanks Yossi


    I got a question how many hours we need to steam for thickness wood like 10cm or 20cm or 40cm
    I'm from Asia not very good at English don't mind me thanks

    i need to bend a 1 1/2 " * 5 1/2" by 16 ft long can anyone help me with this challange?

    Those cams for tightening the bent strips to the form are a great idea. Thanks for posting this!

    That is pretty slick. When you where trying to make that first pin I kept waiting for that three stooges moment when it springs free knocking you in the head. That jig is a thing of beauty, but why have rollers?

    The rollers are actually clamps, I think. I'm betting they aren't perfectly round, and the center hole is not in the exact center. You can see they also have a hole at the edge, so it appears that once the wood is in it's rough position, a pin or awl or whatever is put into the edge hole and used to rotate the rollers, and since they aren't perfectly round, they will end up pushing the wood down against the form like a clamp would.

    What are u making in ur pic? Looks like a lacrosse mold

    very good

    Thanks! One question: How could I build a bigger steam chamber, for pieces about 50x50 cm?