Steam Bending Box
Several years ago a friend of mine approached me saying that he wanted my help to make a shaker rocking chair. After looking through several reference books, it was clear that in order to get the shape needed for the back legs and the splats we were going to have to bend the wood, a technique I wasn’t terribly familiar with.
There are several methods to bend wood. In last month’s article, we soaked wood in warm water as an effective way of bending wood; heat and glue lamination are other option. But the quickest is to combine heat and moisture. Introducing: the steam box.
This article first appeared in The GMC Group publication Woodwork Craft 2017
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