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Thread: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

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    Default 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    well the table is complete, and i really have to thank everybody who offered advice and encouragement
    staining and finishing is well under way
    so now its steam bending some parts for the chairs
    the chairs require 2 parts to be bent, a bttom rail about 56 inches long bent to form a u shaped piece with a 19 inch diameter and 8 inch extensions beyond the bend
    i'll try to post a plan later, its a pdf file about 6 pages long
    here's a couple of pics of the steam setup and the bending jig, success is soso, advice is welcome
    the steaming setup works really well it seems, well over 190 F and probably really close to 212 F, im using an oven thermometer in the top end but it only reads to 190
    the lee valley bending set up is really cool, takes some of th stress out of the process. the first piece next to the jig was an early experiment now just used as an extension

    im really new to steam bending, well actually a virgin, so advice would be greatly welcomed
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    Last edited by stevem; 11-08-2008 at 09:04 PM. Reason: add some pics
    my shop is a beaver lodge
    steve, sarnia, ont

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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    Steve, you forgot the pics...

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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    gettting there!!
    my shop is a beaver lodge
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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    the pieces i am making are 1 1/2 inch square made from two pieces laminated together
    after the first piece is bent and cooled, it will go back into the form so that the second layer can be bent around it, then glued together
    when can they be glued together? during the bending process?(one piece will be hot and wet) or wait until its cold?
    my shop is a beaver lodge
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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    Why not bend them both together? Glue when dried.

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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    my steam chamber which is a piece of three inch abs will only hold one piece at a time and the bending process itself is hard enough with one piece!!
    i have six of these U shaped pieces to make, so 12 bends
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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    Quote Originally Posted by stevem View Post
    the pieces i am making are 1 1/2 inch square made from two pieces laminated together
    after the first piece is bent and cooled, it will go back into the form so that the second layer can be bent around it, then glued together
    when can they be glued together? during the bending process?(one piece will be hot and wet) or wait until its cold?
    When I did that I bent all th bpieces and then glued them after they were dry. You have to do the bending pretty fast while the wood is still hot.

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    Default Re: 350 bdft of qswo ph 4 steam bending

    a quick of the major chair components!!
    a really wild looking chair!!
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    Last edited by stevem; 11-11-2008 at 08:02 PM. Reason: forgot the pic
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