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Steam bending
Steam bending
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Build A Steam Bending Box
Build A Steam Bending Box
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Steam Bending White Oak Boards
Steam Bending White Oak Boards
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How to steam bend wood at home
How to steam bend wood at home
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serious steam bending
serious steam bending
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Building a steam bending box
Building a steam bending box
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Steam Bending Timber
Steam Bending Timber
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Steam Bending Weekend 2011 - Charlie Whinney Associates
Steam Bending Weekend 2011 - Charlie Whinney Associates
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Part 4 - Herreshoff 12 1/12 - Steam bending wood in a plastic bag for a replacement timber
Part 4 - Herreshoff 12 1/12 - Steam bending wood in a plastic bag for a replacement timber
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Beyond Steam Bending!
Beyond Steam Bending!
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RC306 Steam Bent Chair
RC306 Steam Bent Chair
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Steam Bending A Toboggan / Sled
Steam Bending A Toboggan / Sled
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Steam Bending Wood, Build A Steam Box!
Steam Bending Wood, Build A Steam Box!
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Steam Bending solid Fir
Steam Bending solid Fir
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How to steam bend wooden boat frames in plastic bags instead of a traditional steam box
How to steam bend wooden boat frames in plastic bags instead of a traditional steam box
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Steam Bending Windsor Chair Parts
Steam Bending Windsor Chair Parts
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Steam bending wood canoe stems.
Steam bending wood canoe stems.
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Steam bending wood for a toboggan
Steam bending wood for a toboggan
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Steam Bending for a Windsor Chair by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers
Steam Bending for a Windsor Chair by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers
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How to Build a Steam Box with Rockler
How to Build a Steam Box with Rockler's Steam Bending Kit
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Steam bending a bow in the handle.mpg
Steam bending a bow in the handle.mpg
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Steam Bending Redwood Beams
Steam Bending Redwood Beams
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Steam Bending Ash
Steam Bending Ash
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Simple Steam Bending
Simple Steam Bending
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Steam Bending Wood
Steam Bending Wood
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Steam bending planks
Steam bending planks
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Steam Bending Wood in a Microwave
Steam Bending Wood in a Microwave
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Making a Steam Bending Chamber: Andrew Pitts~FurnitureMaker
Making a Steam Bending Chamber: Andrew Pitts~FurnitureMaker
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Steam bending sweetgum into a 25" diameter circle (ID)
Steam bending sweetgum into a 25" diameter circle (ID)
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Rouch Cut
Rouch Cut's Tommy Mac on Steam Bending Wood from Season 3
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Steam bending hardwood shingles
Steam bending hardwood shingles
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Steam Bending Rear Legs
Steam Bending Rear Legs
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Steam Bending Wood
Steam Bending Wood
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Steam Bending Hard Maple
Steam Bending Hard Maple
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Steam bending wood
Steam bending wood
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steam bending walnut
steam bending walnut
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Sofa Table S15 Maquette - Steam Bending & Curved Laminations
Sofa Table S15 Maquette - Steam Bending & Curved Laminations
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Insulated Steam Chamber - Wood Bending
Insulated Steam Chamber - Wood Bending
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Steam Bending Ribs
Steam Bending Ribs
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Steam Bending Mahogany Chines (Part 1) (Preview) Wooden Boat Restoration
Steam Bending Mahogany Chines (Part 1) (Preview) Wooden Boat Restoration
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Wooden Boat Repair-Steam Bending Timber
Wooden Boat Repair-Steam Bending Timber
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Steam Bending Mast Hoops for skipjack, Dee of St  Mary
Steam Bending Mast Hoops for skipjack, Dee of St Mary's
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Keep it simple/ steam bending
Keep it simple/ steam bending
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How to Steam Bend Wood - Woodworking
How to Steam Bend Wood - Woodworking
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Steam Bending - Making the Continuous Arm Windsor Chair Bending Former
Steam Bending - Making the Continuous Arm Windsor Chair Bending Former
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Steam bending planks on Mr. Jim
Steam bending planks on Mr. Jim
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Steam Bending a Toboggan / Sled (Part 2)
Steam Bending a Toboggan / Sled (Part 2)
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Steam bending kayak ribs
Steam bending kayak ribs
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Steam Bending Oak Ribs Wooden Boat Restoration
Steam Bending Oak Ribs Wooden Boat Restoration
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Steam Bending Redwood Siding
Steam Bending Redwood Siding
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The wood roof shingles on this onion dome were bent to match the curves of the dome. The church is in a compound known as the Kizhi Pogost.

Steam bending is a woodworking technique where strips of wood are steam heated using a steam box. The applied heat and moisture makes the wood pliable enough to easily bend around a mould to create a specific shape. The moulding process is usually done by clamping the strips of wood to a positive form, with the strips of wood often reinforced on the outside with a metal band to prevent blowout. The method has been used in the manufacturing of a diverse range of products, some examples being wooden boat building where it is used in the shaping of hull's ribs and lap boards, the production of traditional wooden lacrosse sticks, musical instruments such as violins and in the manufacture of wooden furniture like the Windsor chair and much of Michael Thonet's work.[1]

Steam bending is a traditional process steeped in history. It was once a vital practice, paramount to the production of weapons, tools and water vessels, but with the advance of technology the practice has become less common. Steam bending is also a low energy, ecological and economical method of manipulating wood. It doesn't need the expense or drying time of glues to join together several wood pieces to make the desired shape. Steam bending also leaves lower levels of scrap since a smaller piece can be bent into shape instead of cutting the desired shape away from larger, more expensive stock.

Steam bending is limited in the degree of bend it can achieve, particularly for thick wood. Also, not all species of wood steam-bend well.[1] It weakens the wood slightly and can leave residual stresses which may cause breakage, blowouts or spring-back over time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b William A. Keyser. Jr. (1985). Steambending:Heat and moisture plasticize wood in Fine woodworking on Bending Wood. Taunton Press. pp. 2–119. ISBN 0-918804-29-9. 
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