Steam Bending

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Project by Patrick Oughton posted 09-03-2008 11:17 PM 12559 views 19 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently attended (june/july) a Steam Bending course in NZ (taugh by David Haig – rocking chair fame). It was a real eye opener as to what can be achieved with various methods of bending wood (steam, lamination and kerf bending). In the allotted 10 days I decided to make two stools (to keep the peace with my 2 kids). It was a stretch but I got there. I made one in Ash and one in Oak. Steam bending only works with certain woods and only with stock which has been airdried (making it hard to find reliable source in NZ and NZ woods aren’t very good in general either).

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 11:28 PM

If anyone is interested in a Blog of the two weeks let me know.

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#2 posted 09-03-2008 11:55 PM

Fantastic design and execution! I vote for a blog.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 12:41 AM

I second the blog. amazing.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 12:44 AM

Nice job Patrick, cool design! By all means blog away!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 12:46 AM

very cool, i also vote for a blog!

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 01:18 AM

I vote for a blog too. I’m always looking to learn about new stuff! Great work on your projects. How big are they? It looks like you applied finish, what did you use?

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#7 posted 09-04-2008 01:57 AM

Patrick, a blog would be of great interest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 09-04-2008 02:09 AM

Great looking work!!!!

Here is another blog vote. Especially include a description of the steam rig. I want to set up a steaming rig for chairs, and I am trying to get a good look at all I can.


-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#9 posted 09-04-2008 02:37 AM

I’m interested. Did you use vacuum for the bent lamitations for the seat, or a jig to bend and hold for the glueiing. Great looking chairs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 09-04-2008 02:42 AM

Great woork… all means start a blog. I am interested also.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 09-04-2008 03:28 AM

Bring on the blog

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 09-04-2008 04:12 AM

A blog would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 09-04-2008 05:07 AM

This is a pretty cool deal here. I’ll look forward to the blog.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 09-04-2008 07:09 AM

Top notch, really nice lines.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#15 posted 09-04-2008 08:41 AM

Great job!

Beech is another great wood for steam bending, plus you can sand and buff it to a nice satin sheen.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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