|Project by kiefer||posted 11-17-2012 02:10 AM||10108 views||28 times favorited||30 comments|
This is my effort of using the micro wave oven instead of a steam box to bend wood pieces .
The first jig I build did not produce the quality of pieces as they cracked during the drying process.
I modified the jig by adding two timing belt straps retaining blocks to compress the wood during the bending process and not let it stretch .
The method I use for steaming is as follows .
Soak the wood for at least a day in water then wrap it in a wet cloth and put in the micro wave for about a minute then flip it over and let it rest for a minute and microwave for another minute .
Work fast during the bending process but methodically and have everything ready .
The results have been better and soon I hope I will turn the bend pieces into a box .
-- Kiefer / It's all about design and innovation