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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 03-19-2016 07:49 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kmetzger

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03-19-2016 07:49 PM

Does anyone own this kit?
http://www.rockler.com/steam-bending-kit-w-free-bentwood-carryall-plan-download
If so, can you please tell me the dimensions of the reservoir? I plan to be in the US soon (from my home in Mexico) and would like to know if the thing will fit in my suitcase.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25


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#1 posted 03-19-2016 08:51 PM

Several years ago “This Old House” or one of the off-shoots featured home drinking water purification systems. I still remember one of them being something akin to making a still (shoulda taken notes).

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 11:19 PM

Hi Kim. Not sure what those last two posts were for but I have a Rockler down the street. I can take a look at it next time I’m there. How big is your suitcase and how soon is your trip?

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 11:24 PM

You just need a way to boil water, some hose and something like a piece of PVC pipe or aluminum downspout. I’d google home made options and you probably have most of what you need already.

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 12:43 AM

Matt – no hurry. I’m leaving in three weeks.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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#5 posted 03-20-2016 02:06 AM

It will fit:
12’’ long
8’’ wide
9’’ high

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kmetzger

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#6 posted 03-20-2016 03:40 AM

Thank you.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico, http://tinyurl.com/7w5fm25

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 07:17 AM

Like Dhazelton said, it’s so easy to improvise a steam generator from various found parts—an old pressure cooker being one example. Be a lot less than $75, too.

And I’d prefer a wooden box over PVC, because I’m not sure how much heat the plastic can take. The steam box needn’t be totally tight—in fact shouldn’t be, as you don’t want it to explode.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 02:52 PM

I use a 5” stove pipe with a cap soldered to one end. As long as there is enough water to cover the solder, it can be put on direct fire. A few pieces of cloth on top prevents the steam from escaping too fast.

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#9 posted 03-20-2016 04:08 PM

its just a wallpaper steamer , you may be able to buy locally. I was the guy who came up with the idea to use one, I used an Earlex, but many of the box stores sell them , might want to check it out

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#10 posted 03-20-2016 04:24 PM

Earlex and Rockler and a few other wall paper steamers are all the same thing and size from when I reviewed mine.

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 08:52 PM

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- tomsteve


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#12 posted 03-20-2016 09:17 PM

I’ve got two Wagner wallpaper steamers that do a fine job. The hose does need to be cut short otherwise too much heat is lost by the time the steam gets to the steam box.

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#13 posted 03-20-2016 09:23 PM

There’s an argument to be made that using a gas-fired
burner can get the steam hotter. Shipwright has a design
for a pressurized system using a gas burner… pretty cool.

In terms of bending chair backs and legs, I’ve done
it with a similar electric steamer, even though I gave
it a 1-star review because it stopped working. I
think I ran it for a couple of cycles with a mix
of ammonia and water and that got the thermostat
running again. Minerals in the water get on the
elements inside the thing and it starts shutting
down, the problem I had the cleaning cycles
solved. You might want to use distilled water
if you’re concerned about mineral build-up.

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#14 posted 03-20-2016 09:37 PM

Interesting topic…I think Norm showed a “home build” years ago (PVC pipe with a brass nipple on the inlet side). As I recall the forms and clamps have to be ready when the piece comes out of the hot box. Reading above that pressure cooker would work…remove the weighted knob and use the fitting for the tubing. LP turkey fryers are cheap and the burner might be perfect for a standard pressure cooker.

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#15 posted 03-20-2016 09:40 PM

Steam will never get above 212F degrees at sea level unless it’s pressurized. It’s the pressure and not the gas heat source that does the trick. Doesn’t matter how the water is heated.

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

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