Adventures in steam bending

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

After letting the insulating foam cure overnight it’s time to try bending something!

a single 1x2 and some lath inside the steaming box

I tossed a few pieces of scrap into the box and let it steam for an hour. From what I’ve read, it’s recommended to steam for 1 hour per inch of wood thickness.

1x2 wrapped around my curve form

It definitely bent. It took a reasonable amount of force to get the wood to bend, but it bent nicely rather than cracking or making terrible sounds.

I think I’ll need to construct some better curve forms, my little plywood thing with screwed-on 2x4" chunks is somewhat effective but it could use a little iterative design.