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    Steam Bending Revisited

    Well I finally found a small propane camp stove, and got back after the bending project. The only problem I ran into this time was everything was going along steamingly, when I noticed that the steam stopped coming out of the vent hole. I finally figured out that there was a dip in the hose between the water pot and the steam tube and water condensed in the dip and blocked the steam, I propped up the hose and the steam ran again. Now all I have to do is wait till I can take the pieces out of the form and see if it stays bent.


    Camp Stove




    Houston, We have Steam!



    Hose propped up to drain condesation



    Form



    Finished
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    Looks good Dan, what type of pot is that? Is that a floor flange bolted to it?

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    Looks real good Dan! How long do you have to wait to take them out of the form?
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Looks good Dan, what type of pot is that? Is that a floor flange bolted to it?
    Yeah, thats a 3/4" flange, the pot is some kind of light weight pressure cooker I found at a local thrift store I used some high temp silicone to seal the flange to the lid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Looks real good Dan! How long do you have to wait to take them out of the form?
    Darren you only have to let the wood cool back to room temp before you can take it out of the form. That said I liked to leave mine in over night to also let them dry back out.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    So Dan whats the project in the moulds. Spill the beans. That dont look like Chucks handles, close but I am trying to guess and no luck.
    cheers

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    Ya got 'er Dan! Stand back everybody. Once ya bend something it's hard to do straight lines again. Ever see a flat bottom rocking chair? BTW, that's the same propane unit as I'm using, Wallyworld for about 15 bucks.
    Last edited by Roger Newby; 05-24-2010 at 10:46 PM.

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    Great Adventure and creative solution. Just this Sunday they (CBS) had a bit on the Bentwood Chairs and how 3 hrs of steam on a 1 1/4" Beech Rod, two men could bend to a frame and clamp over night to form the back legs and back.
    Thanks for the inspirational posting. (Boy did I ever get my coffee and tune in just in time) Seems the Bentwood is the perfect design and most ecconomic use of wood in a chair design, although over the years the size of the seat has enlarged to meet the needs of our fat posteriors.
    Last edited by Bill Simpson; 05-25-2010 at 05:15 AM.

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