Test Boxes

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Project by gpeau posted 06-19-2013 06:36 PM 1805 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working on a serving tray project that had kerf cut and steam bent corners. Each of these test bands, plus a dozen or so more failures, were to help determine the number and depth of kerf cuts, shoulder and band thickness and spacing of the kerfs to get a tight steam bent corner that was pleasing to the eye and tight on the inside. I made two of each and decided to finish the project by making small open boxes out of the test bands. If you look at the last detailed shot you’ll see the different kerf cut variations.

I steam bent each of the bands after kerfing them and glued the mating parts of the band.

I built dividers with lap joints and added cherry and walnut dowels to secure the bottoms. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the finished walnut box before selling it. Finished with Deft Oil.

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 10:44 PM

Wow they are impressive !
Nice finish on the scarfed ends and dowel work.
You have 2 vac pictures, I wonder could you add a couple of pictures of the steaming process?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 03:45 AM

Very nice, they look great…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 12:05 AM

Beautiful job on these. Love the design and the whole “bending” process. Just fantastic workmanship.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 04:50 PM

Gorgeous and well made boxes! Great technique and skills on the bending process. Impressive work!

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 08:42 PM

Hermoso trabajo, puedes detallarme los procesos que ha usado para doblar la madera con vapor. Soy de argentina, sud america y desearia aprender a usar el vapor para doblar madera y en cuales maderas sa puede realizar. Gracias.

-- Hernan, Argentina

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