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steam bending advice please

Postby anobium » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:39 pm

Hi, I am attempting to make some bows for a Windsor type chair and need some help. The apparatus consists of a wallpaper steamer conncted to a steel tube 2 metres long and 8cm diameter lagged with an old sleeping bag. The material I am attempting to bend is freshly cut sweet chestnut and ash about 3cm diameter, steamed for about 1 hour. So far the poles have all broken as I turn them around the former. Can anyone suggest what I should be doing?
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Re: steam bending advice please

Postby Davie Crockett » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:58 pm

I've seen this done using a metal strap to reinforce the outside edge to prevent splitting out.
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Re: steam bending advice please

Postby gavin » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:48 pm

One of Mike Abbotts books shows this - what Dave refers to above.
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