Steam Bending

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Project by F Dudak posted 07-09-2008 01:07 AM 3228 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

My 9 year old son and I spent some of this afternoon bending some arms and bows for soon to be completed chairs. He was all excited after we bent the first one and asked me why I didn’t tell him how fun it was. I reminded that I most certainly did because I couldn’t stop talking about the things we did in the Windsor chair class that I took last August. At any rate it was gratifying knowing that I could duplicate what I learned in the class. Spending the afternoon with my son teaching him how to bend red oak for Windsor chairs, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#1 posted 07-09-2008 01:13 AM

Wow! Looking good! Can’t wait to see the chairs! And you’re right, spending time like this with the young fella is time well spent!

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#2 posted 07-09-2008 02:20 AM

I love em’. You are taking up a skill that not everyone can do. Making curved pieces of furniture sets your projects apart from others. 90% of projects are flat and have straight lines. If one of my projects allows me, I always like to do something that breaks up those straight lines. Keep up the good work.. Thats great that your youngin’ is having fun as well…

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#3 posted 07-09-2008 02:39 AM

Nothing like quality time with a son! Mine is almost 22, and I wish I had some of his younger days back.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-09-2008 02:54 AM

Looks like a great start for some nice chairs. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 07-09-2008 03:10 AM

Cool project. Cant wait to see the chairs, it looks like fun.

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#6 posted 07-09-2008 03:21 AM

Great job Fred! Nice to hear your son had a good time.

-- Kevin

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 10:52 AM

Great start, can’t wait to see them finished!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 07-12-2008 02:16 AM

Fred…..nice job of bending. From the center picture it looks like there is some sort of detail right in the center of the arch….or is that a joint? Can’t wait to see the chairs.

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 12:55 PM

Nice to see youngsters involved. Some think Video games are a skill. I have lots of green oak can it be air dried without setting it, so it can be bent later?

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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