1/4″ thick wood for bending (Oak bends the best) 3/4″ plywood (to create the forms you will bend the shapes against) finish nails Wood stain (if desired) Clear satin wood poly or lacquer Sand Paper Lots of Clamps Steam Bending Box, safety gloves and water
Step 1: Set Up Your Steam Bending Box
To bend wood and make it stay therein shape you would like to steam it. I built a steam bending box employing a kit I bought from a well-liked online wood working retailer.
For this project, I found that the 1/4″ oak I used needed to steam within the box for a minimum of 20 minutes at full boil temp.
Place the strips you’ll bend within the box – they ought to be longer than you will need – you’ll always trim them down later (as I did).
Make sure your wood is good and straight grained – it’ll have a bent to tear out and split round the bends if not (this also can occur if you do not steam the wood long enough).
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