Introduction to Steam Bending

  • April 19, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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In this class participants will use prepared forms to steam bend a simple curved chair-back. We will discuss the principles of compression and tension in steam-bent members. We will set up a steam generator and box, monitor temperature and humidity in the box, and then bend some inch thick rock maple like a noodle.

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  • Kim

    Another fun hands on class. I wouldn't have believed we could bend thick wood like that so easily and without breaking it. Art is a great teacher. I can't wait for the brazing class.

    April 19

  • Art E.

    OK, class is over. Success all around it looks like! I was surprised the thicker piece got bent successfully. I suppose it has to do with the fact that by time I got the steam box closed and walked in, the gang already had it on the form. Bam Bam Bam! gotta move fast!

    1 · April 19

  • Art E.

    Weather looks good. A bit of wind, but we can compensate for that. Class is ready and is GO! for launch.

    April 19

  • Art E.

    Well, we will be bending some heartwood cherry and not maple, as the expected green maple lumber is still on it's tree. The cherry is very old air dried lumber (another dead tree reclaim of mine) and should bend well enough, but no-where near as nicely as a open-pored green wood.
    We will be doing a 8" radius bend as our learning example. Should the poopie weather continue, and should it be determined we cannot safely play this particular game indoors, we will have the consolation prize of a marlinespike seamanship class: that is, knot tying, splicing, and making cool stuff out of rope. We may do a bit of this anyway...while we watch the steam kettle boil.

    April 18

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