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Posted on Dose any one have good advice on steam bending?????

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 02:51 PM

Can only offer my experience with a poor man’s method.
I needed to to bend 5/8 X 1 1/2 white oak around a 54” dia. table top.
I had some 20’ lengths of 4” black DWV and some caps. I capped one end and filled it to about 3/4 full with hot household water that had been through a conditioner. Then I added about 1/2 pint of Downy and stuck the strips in. Capped the other end and let it set for a full day in the hot AZ sun.
That evening the strips were almost spaghetti. Had no problem fitting the piece. Put on a home made inner tube band clamp and let it set for two days. then unclamped and glued it. I got no splintering.
It’s still in use today, 22 years later.
The shop smelled like a laundry room for a few days.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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