I needed a steam box to steam bend a walnut handle. The last time I, steam bent a handle I just threw it in a contractor bag and pumped it full of steam. This worked OK but by the end of the steaming process the bag had started to melt and it turned into a bit of a mess.
This time I decided to build a proper steam box, but lost interest because I hate shop projects, I’d rather be building furniture. Instead, I built a down and dirty steam box.
Thanks for watching, here is a brief overview of the build.
I didn’t have any dowel stock to build the rack inside of the steam chamber. Instead, I used some of the scrap from the ends and cut them into 3/8” square stock. I then used a hollow mortise chisel to cut mortises for the square pegs to sit in.
When I cut the mortises, I clamped the two boards together to ensure they would line up perfectly.
To keep a steady flow of steam in the box re-purposed one of those fabric steamers to steam out wrinkles.
all and all it worked out pretty well for a quick design.
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Here is a link to the Hall table with the steam bent handle It was green and green inspired with ebony plugs, made from white oak.
I did a video of this build as well if you are interested.
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