LumberJocks

Steam Bending Equipment / Best Steamer?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Scrollsawing forum

Forum topic by rustynails posted 09-01-2015 11:46 PM 739 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View rustynails's profile

rustynails

663 posts in 1992 days


09-01-2015 11:46 PM

I have a project coming up that I need to build a steam box. What are you folks using as far as materials for the box and what unit or kind are you using to great the steam? I don’t need a large box something to bend wood about 4’’to 6’’ wide by about 4 ft long. As far as height I am thinking something about 6’’ to 8’’ high so that I can place a few planks at a time in the box. I am making a small dory boat coffee table. It will be built in the traditional lapstake planking method built on a bent frame with copper rivets to hold it together.

Thanks


6 replies so far

View BurlyBob's profile

BurlyBob

3674 posts in 1728 days


#1 posted 09-02-2015 12:05 AM

I’ve been kicking a similar idea around for some time. My idea was to use plastic pipe. You can buy it in all sorts of dimensions and fittings. When I finally do get time for those projects, I’m going to be looking for a 12” piece of pipe.

View mahdee's profile

mahdee

3551 posts in 1230 days


#2 posted 09-02-2015 12:49 AM

I use wood stove pipe. You can put it directly inside a small pot with a elbow and attach as many 3’ sections to it as you need. Cap it with a rag (not too tight).

-- earthartandfoods.com

View JAAune's profile

JAAune

1642 posts in 1779 days


#3 posted 09-02-2015 12:59 AM

Mine are just a pair of 6”x6”x36” boxes made from exterior grade plywood fastened by pocket screws. They can be butted end-to-end if necessary. If they fall apart after 15 years I’ll just rebuild them.

Don’t use PVC as it will probably flex under heat. Black ABS pipe will resist the heat better.

Steam comes from wall-paper steamers – one for each box. Apparently some don’t create enough steam for this purpose but the ones I use do. The hose just needed to be cut short.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

7168 posts in 2261 days


#4 posted 09-02-2015 01:11 AM

Hi Richard, This may be a little bigger scale than you need but it’s a lot smaller than what I used to use. It is a great portable unit and will produce lots of good bending steam. I used it to build a lapstrake dinghy a few years ago and it steamed the planks in a few minutes.
http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/29341
The box can be anything that will enclose the steam, best if it leaks a little to let water out and I like a hinged door on the front end of the box. If you make the bottom of the box longer than the top (cut at an angle), gravity will keep the door closed.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

View rustynails's profile

rustynails

663 posts in 1992 days


#5 posted 09-02-2015 10:41 PM

Thanks for all the info.

Paul I think you are right as being a little bigger scale than what I need.

I think a wall-paper steamer may be the way to go for this small project. I posted on another forum and I had someone give me this link for plans to build a box as well.

http://go.rockler.com/tech/42826-Steam-Box.pdf

Thanks Richard

View steve104c's profile

steve104c

8 posts in 701 days


#6 posted 09-06-2015 04:52 PM

Rusty, I use a wallpaper steamer and a large dia. piece of schedule 80 pvc pipe. Works well. Be sure to put a drain hole at the back,bottom and angle the pipe slightly. I got my pipe at a construction site where they had a scrap piece that they were throwing away. The large dia. pipes are very expensive and are not sold at the large home improvement stores…...Steve.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com