Bending wood for Shaker Boxes

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Forum topic by grace123 posted 08-13-2011 08:36 PM 3552 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2011 08:36 PM

I have seen the instructions for making Shaker boxes using long trays to boil the wood for several minutes. Can I avoid purchasing the long tray or making a steamer by using a large sauce pot? I am wondering if I can put the end of the wood strips into a fairly full pot of water, and then as the wood begins to soften, push more of the wood under the water’s surface? Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 08:51 PM

How thick do you want to bend?

The long tray method is really the way to go. The wood softens pretty
readily in boiling water. I’d recommend bending on a hot pipe though –
way easier than trying to make the wood pliable as one piece and bending
around a form. The hot pipe gives you a lot more control.

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 01:17 AM

I have made shaker boxes and Tine’s by bending 1/8” oak. What I do is: Soak the wood in water for 24-48 hours Then run hot tap water over the wood and bend onto the form. Clamp in place for 2-3 days untill dry. 1/8” Oak works well using this, no boiling, method.

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 11:03 AM

I realise this question has been out there for some time and you may have already solved the problem. But the short answer is yes you can. This is PT lumber about an 1/8 inch that I slowly fed to a frying pan on the kitchen stove (not a pan used for food.)

Once the whole 8 feet was in the pan, I took it out and tightened the bend further clamped it and put it back on the stove a little longer. Then tightened the bend to what you see and clamped it up and let it dry (for a long time.)

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