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methods of work #16: another steam bending setup

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Blog entry by Loren posted 09-11-2013 01:12 AM 1029 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Steam bent horseshoe chair back rail Part 16 of methods of work series Part 17: Horizontal router mount, quick and dirty »

Mild curve in 1 1/8” kiln dried white oak. You can see here how I dropped a pin in the table and some plastic installer’s shims to push the end tight to the form.

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 01:39 AM

Nice setup, Loren. What do you use for pins? Looks like bolts with my poor eyes.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 01:43 AM

1/2” pipe with washers welded to the top. Not an easy thing
to make. I opened out the washers on a metal lathe and
welded with a wire feed unit.

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 01:47 AM

See, I told you my eyes were poor.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 01:51 AM

I think 3/4” bolts would work ok. This table was built using Michael
Fortune’s original specs for 7/8” holes and pipe pins. The idea is 1/2”
bolts may be put through the pins to fix them down, but the
concept may be overkill.

Lee Valley has a steam bending pamphlet using a hollow bending
table with 3/4” holes. Mine is a solid 3” thick and quite heavy.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 02:53 AM

Awesome. I’ve just about finished my steam bending bench…will have to follow this!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 08:22 AM

Looks good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 02:31 PM

Working with 1-1/8 white oak and looking at that table, you are seriously into steam bending. If you are not
careful, you may wind up making a Mike Jarvi bench. Thank you for sharing your journey into steam bending
with us. If you keep going with this, you may just need those 1/2” bolts to hold your forms down with the
heavier wood.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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