methods of work #26: Dining chair steam bent back splats

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« Part 25: Dining chair prototype in walnut. Part 26 of methods of work series Part 27: Dining chair design - trying out front legs for the armchair »

“Composing” back splats on my chair design. Rather than cut them out of a thick board or laminating layers to make the subtle recurve, I cut a piece in half so the two are bookmatched. Then I used a technique I read about but never tried. I steamed the parts and then bent them one way, then the other way, breaking the lignin fibers on both faces. The result is the wood becomes plastic enough to be bent into the double curve by hand. I clamp them to the chair itself so they dry in the shape I want.


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#1 posted 284 days ago

Will they both dry with same curve?

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#2 posted 284 days ago

Dunno. Looks promising. I can make a drying form later
if it seems like it will make the parts come out more

For that matter, the parts can be resteamed and shaped
without putting them back in the bending strap.


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#3 posted 284 days ago

Looks good Loren. Your foray into chair building and steam bending is working out very well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 283 days ago

Looks good.


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