In a long career, I’ve used all sorts of rigs to bend wood, from steam boxes, steam jennies, wood boiling rigs, rosebud torches played on wet rags and heat guns. Some time ago I built myself a propane fired steam-box for bending things like boat frames and plank ends. But it is so big and gawky it mostly just serves as merely another shelf in my garage workshop. I’m on a kick building stringed musical instruments right now, which requires bending extreme curves in thin and narr...
More veneering. I actually have two veneer layers on the drawer fronts. This is not by design, rather by necessity. For various reasons the initial veneering was just not to the quality I wanted and there was some other visible damage. So the only option I could see was simply add another layer. But the question was how to do it? Many many chapters ago I showed how I veneered the inside and outside of the curved fronts using a combination of vacuum bags and clamps over a bending form ...
well I searched my garage for material appropriate to make handles/ends for my new steam bending strap. (re: Lee Valley)I was looking for a piece of 2×2 that was dark and possibly luan that I remember having. couldn’t find. then I looked through all of the stuff that I did have handy… beech, could be chair parts, osage, don’t want to waste it on something that’ll be left outside….spf .. to soft, oak (red or white) chair parts again. then I bumped into these....
Hi all;So I’ve finally gotten around to doing some of the steam bending of chair parts that I mentioned I was going to do with that log. my set up is fairly simple: propane tank, burner + stand from a turkey deep fryer, an old 5 gal can to boil the water in and a length of pvc pipe for the steam box. then you need a bending form of some sort with removable pegs and wedges to lock the bent part in place while it cools. the pvc is supported on my saw buck w...
I had some more time to work on my table before to be really interrupted by the parcment job. You can see the post related to the parchment table there Top as been veneered with old brown glue, my favorite liquid hide glue, shaped and sanded and I did straighten the edges for a nice clean fit. I have ben playing with steam bending. Russ Filbeck lent us one of his steamer. I used a PVC pipe to dip my cherry moulding in dyed black water to soak them through ...
Recently, my Grandson asked if I would help him make a Lacrosse stick in the manner of a Native American Lacrosse Stick. Of course, I said yes. Then I learned I would need to steam bend 1” wood into a 3” radius. Whoops. I had a lot to learn about steam bending of wood, FAST. I needed wood. A Native American Lacrosse Stick should be made from partially air dried Hickory or White Oak, then steam bent. Since I live in Central California, I needed to find wood. After several phone call...
I have have all the ribs formed, and glued onto the blocks. Wife’s old curling iron (shhh) makes a fine bending iron. The linings were more difficult than I anticipated. I ended up using a small branch from a goofy tree in my backyard. I think it’s some sort of cultivated form of birch, but it has pendulous branches like a willow. Whatever it is it worked alright. Still not thrilled with the how they came out so might take them out and try again. Practice makes,,,,,wel...
It’s been a while since I posted my last update on this project and I’ve made a lot of progress. Once I got the basic shaping and sanding done, I had to stop until I found the net bags that I wanted to use on the frames. As of this week, I have everything I need to finish the nets, so here are some more photos to show you what I’ve done so far: Here is net #2 after bending, but before glue up. This photo gives a good look at how I pegged my circles to the melamine ba...
Here’s a video update on my steam bending project. Enjoy:
Fly fishing is one of my other hobbies and like wood working, it can be very expensive. Thankfully, I’ve been fly fishing for close to 25 years and gradually acquired some really great gear that will last a lifetime. To keep costs under control, I like to tie my own flies and build as much of my own gear as possible. I built a custom fly rod back in 1998, and it is still my favorite (a 9ft 6wt on a Winston 3-piece LT blank). I was able to save 60% off the stock rod by building it ...
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