First Steam Bending Experience

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Blog entry by Iffy posted 04-17-2008 04:44 AM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to create a curved piece of wood for a built-in desk so I decided to try bending it with a steam box. I posted a pictoral over on my personal blog:

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 05:09 AM

You can’t avoid springback. The trick is to make a form with a tighter curve than you will need.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 10:34 PM

Being lazy and a total miser when it comes to wood, I have this idea where you bend then piece of wood, let it spring back all it wants, use that as a template/ bearing guide for the curve of the desk when you route it and then use that again as the edge?
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#3 posted 04-19-2008 11:43 PM

Iffy, like GaryK said, bend it a little sharper than you need and I leave my pieces in the form for several days, so they can not only cool but dry out some. Remember, you’re not only heating the wood up, you’re forcing moisture into it. I’ve had a minimum of spring back by using this method.

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 01:59 AM

Iffy, I was looking at your personal blog on your steam bend, and I also wanted to tell you that you have about 15-20 seconds to get the wood bent to the shape you want. The quicker you can do this, the less springback you will have.

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