|Project by F Dudak||posted 08-30-2008 06:24 PM||16485 views||23 times favorited||24 comments|
This is the steam box that I use to bend the parts for the chairs that I am building. This box is quite a bit longer than it needs to be for my parts but I’m fine with that. I was just going from memory and pics of the steamer that was used at my classes which was shorter( 8’) and had a smaller diameter pipe(4”). Apparently my memory isn’t so good any more. I used a 10’ X 6” piece of schedule 80 PVC for the body, put a regular PVC 6×6x4” T in the middle and coupled it down to 1-1/2” to accept a piece of radiator hose which is connected to the water vessel. I use a propane camp stove for heat. The bolts that I ran through have a piece of conduit around them so as not to transfer metal marks to the wood during steaming. They are situated up at about half the diameter of the pipe. One end has a glued threaded fitting and the other end is a loose cap not glued. The pipe is pitched about 1/2” over its length and a 1/2” hole is drilled on the low end to allow excess water to escape. This was not cheap to build but I feel I will eventually recoop the cost in chair sales.
-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----