Making a steam bender

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(Jeremy Clark) #21

Hi Afshin,
I went in on Friday and cut up the piece of ash you got me from Hatfield forest ready for steam bending, I also had a look at the raft while I was there, it’s huge, more than enough insulation there.

I already brought a wall paper stripper from Screwfix, and some pond plastic to line the box. So in terms of making the steam box I think we have all the materials we need.

What size wood are you wanting to steam bend, which will dictate the size of the steam box we need? I’m doing strips about 1.5 x 5 x 80 cm long, so the box won’t need to be huge for my pieces.

Probably the most work is making the jigs to bend the pieces around. I’ve designed one to be cut out on the laser cutter… which I haven’t cut out yet. We’ll also need some sheet galvanized steel to use as compression straps which help stop the wood splitting when you bend it… I have some photos from my course that I can show you so this all makes sense.

I can come down one day next weekend, what day would suit you? I need to negotiate childcare with my partner :wink:


(Afshin Dehkordi) #22

Cool! How’s Sunday? I’m pretty flexible on time.

Havent thought about size, will probably see on the day. Good to hear the Hatfield ash being worked on.

(Jeremy Clark) #23

I think Sunday should be fine…

Just stumbled across this online, seems quite good, helps explain what I mean by compression straps…

(Afshin Dehkordi) #24

Wow! That document just opened up a whole new world of steam bending!

(Louis) #25

I am definately up for this.

(Afshin Dehkordi) #26

Super! Watch this space, we’re aiming to get started Sunday. Time tbc.

(Paul Court) #27

just to be sure - you weren’t thinking of running this Inside the space were you :wink:


(Afshin Dehkordi) #28

Hahaha…nothing like after a long day of making to sit in a Turkish hammam (/spray booth) bending wood using a steam bender…SLMS branded towels anyone?

(Mark Johnson) #29

It would be a good test for your humidity stations

(Paul Court) #30

lol, I think they are fine thanks :wink:

New business idea for SLMS, Turkish Bath and Steam bending on one unit ? get healthy while making nice chairs !


(Jeremy Clark) #31

Hi Afshin, still okay for tomorrow? What time you want to meet at the space?


(Afshin Dehkordi) #32

Hi sure. Whatever time works for you

(Jeremy Clark) #33

I’ve got a 4 year old so I’ll probably be from 6:30am :slight_smile:

How about 10:30am?

(Afshin Dehkordi) #34

I’ll aim for 11am!

(Jeremy Clark) #35

Great see you then.

(Jeremy Clark) #36

Running a little late be there in 5-10mins…

(Afshin Dehkordi) #37

(Jeremy Clark) #38

@afshind I managed to get one of my jugs cut yesterday and assembled today, so might go in for a couple of hours tomorrow afternoon. Probably 1:30 - 2:00ish. Are you free tomorrow afternoon? Interested in having a look/ helping out?

(Jeremy Clark) #39

Jigs not jugs…

(Jeremy Clark) #40

Lasercut Jig: