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Building a steam box from 4" PVC pipe and a two-burner propane camp stove.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Jul-Aug 1989 (v.5#4) pg. 27

PVC pipe and an electric kettle make a simple steamer for small pieces of wood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #31 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 14

Tip on bending wood using a steam iron.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #36 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 24

The ultimate steam box. A PVC pipe chamber is combined with a propane-fueled burner.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #43 Feb 1995 pg. 68
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #45 Jun 1995 pg. 8

Steam-bending basics. Wood selection and form design will reduce breakage problems.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #44 Apr 1995 pg. 58

Simple wood steamer made from PVC pipe wrapped with insulation. Steam comes from an ordinary 6-qt. container which feeds steam into the base of the pipe.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #45 Jun 1995 pg. 22

Advice on using either green or air-dried wood for steam bending.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #61 Oct 1997 pg. 18

Tip on using a dishwasher to soften wood for bending.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Jul-Aug 1998 (v.21#10) pg. 12

Wood steaming chamber is built from ABS drain pipe and fittings. An electric tea kettle provides the steam.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Nov 1998 (v.22#2) pg. 62

Tip: How to bend a piece of 3/4" oak to an angle of 270-degrees. Both the kerf and lamination methods are described.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1980 (v.3#4) pg. 24

Tip: How to make and use a steam box for bending wood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1981 (v.4#7) pg. 5
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1981 (v.4#11) pg. 4

Bending with steam. Tips for experimenting with free bending.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1986 (v.9#11) pg. 70

Hot-pipe bending of thin wood strips.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1986 (v.10#2) pg. 70

Sketch of a home-built unit for steaming wood and steam-bending tips.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1993 (v.16#8) pg. 8

A bending tube is heated with a propane torch. Use it to bend thin wood for the sides of guitars, handles, tongs, etc.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1995 (v.19#2) pg. 9

Steam-bending box constructed from electric kettle and plastic pipe and fittings.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1996 (v.19#6) pg. 19

Making curves in wood. Kerfing wood for easier bending.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #371 Sep 1996 (v.46#8) pg. 104

Steamer for steaming long pieces of wood prior to bending is made from a piece of 6" diameter cast iron pipe.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 16
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #17 Oct-Nov 1983 pg. 6

Curved timber. How one timber framer hews, band saws, and steambends straight stock into curves.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #48 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 44

Plans for a simple bending iron made from an aluminum bar and an old steam iron.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 20

Steam bending. Heat and moisture will plasticize wood. Plans for a steam box and jigs, plus a description of the techniques for steam bending.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 40
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #9 Winter 1977 pg. 8

Simple and cheap steamer for bending wood is made from a pressure cooker and some ordinary pipe fittings.
FINE WOODWORKING #10 Spring 1978 pg. 12
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #11 Summer 1978 pg. 8

Using the hot-pipe method of wood bending to bend guitar sides. Plans for both an electric bending iron and a propane torch bending iron are included.
FINE WOODWORKING #10 Spring 1978 pg. 62
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #12 Sep 1978 pg. 12

Simple wood steamer uses a 5-gallon gasoline can as the steam boiler.
FINE WOODWORKING #11 Summer 1978 pg. 6

Inexpensive wood bending jig uses an automobile jack to supply the clamping force.
FINE WOODWORKING #12 Sep 1978 pg. 16

Description of a wood steamer made from an old hot water tank that is heated with an electric hot plate.
FINE WOODWORKING #13 Nov 1978 pg. 13

Hot-pipe bending is suggested as being better than the boiling and molding method for making musical instruments. The resin will not be lost with the hot-pipe method.
FINE WOODWORKING #14 Jan-Feb 1979 pg. 8

One hundred fifty years of bentwood furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #20 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 38

Tips on avoiding and repairing splits when steam bending thin wood, such as found on F-style mandolins.
FINE WOODWORKING #26 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 28
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #29 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 24

Fixtures for steambending. A special bending table equipped with adjustable end-stops helps control breakage and springback.
FINE WOODWORKING #30 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 84

Diagram of an anhydrous-ammonia treatment apparatus to prepare wood for bending.
FINE WOODWORKING #30 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 87

How to bend wood using a solution of hot water and "Downey" fabric softener.
FINE WOODWORKING #37 Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 22
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #61 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 4

How to make an assembly form and a bending form for guitars, vielles, and similar instruments. Includes tips on building a vielle, wood bending, laminating, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 100

Jimmy Carter, woodworker. A visit with the former president and drawings of his porch swing. Also includes a simple steambox made from stovepipe.
FINE WOODWORKING #46 May-Jun 1984 pg. 65

Tip: Steam wood for bending using a microwave oven.
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 10

Kerf-bent seats. A table sawn alternative to scooping. Make contoured wooden seats for chairs and rockers by forcing wedges into a flat blank thus forcing the wood to bend.
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 30

How to bend steamed hardwood dowels around a form.
FINE WOODWORKING #55 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 14

Bending green wood. Heating riven stock yields the best bends. Includes tips on making your own steambox.
FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 62
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 6
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #67 Nov-Dec 1987 pg. 18
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #68 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 6

Tips on using fabric softeners to enhance the process of steaming wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 16

Adjustable and reusable form (jig) for bending wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #68 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 10

Tips for first-time wood benders.
FINE WOODWORKING #71 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 16

Tip on steaming a small section of wooden stock using a damp cloth and a hot iron.
FINE WOODWORKING #76 May-Jun 1989 pg. 14

Tip on bending shoe molding without cracking or breaking, and without the need for soaking, steaming, kerfing, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #85 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 20

General advice on selecting wood for steam bending.
FINE WOODWORKING #86 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 24

Tip on bending 1" diameter dowel into a U-shaped rod with 6" inside diameter.
FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 30
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 6

A kerf-bent mirror frame. By filling the kerfs with a color-contrasting epoxy resin, the kerfs become a decorative element in the finished frame.
FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 73

Steam-bending basics using simple tools and techniques.
FINE WOODWORKING #107 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 62

Veneering a compound curve. Wedge-shaped pieces form a delicate, elliptical box lid. Includes a wood-bending device consisting of a metal pipe heated by a propane torch.
FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 64

How to bend thicker wood (3/32") around a form using an ordinary clothes iron and eliminating the need for a steambox.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 18

Make a steambox for wood from a liquid propane gas cooker, 5-gallon metal paint can, a toilet flange, and PVC pipe.
FINE WOODWORKING #125 Jul-Aug 1997 pg. 28

Steambox is made from sheetmetal ductwork and powered with a camp stove.
HOME FURNITURE #1 Winter 1994 pg. 96

How to make a plywood form for bending a strip of wood to fit a 24" radius.
HOME MECHANIX #681 Jan 1985 (v.81) pg. 16

Steam bending made easy. Instructions for building the steam tube plus tips on jigs around which to form the softened wood.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Mar 1980 (v.69#3) pg. 42

Anhydrous ammonia wood bending system is described. Photos illustrate the shop-built equipment.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION May-Jun 1983 (v.72#5) pg. 28

The basics of wood bending. Laminating and kerf bending.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #518 Jul 1971 (v.67) pg. 78

Compass work. Making wood go round the bend. Creating curved carpentry using kerfing and keying, laminating, water and steam bending, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1994 (v.22#2) pg. 45

Bending plywood with auto bumper jack.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1963 (v.119#2) pg. 189

Two woodbending techniques. (1) Kerfing. (2) Laminating in forms.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1986 (v.163#4) pg. 29

Use aluminum foil for steam bending.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1963 (v.183#6) pg. 111

Temporary wood bending steam box made from galvanized furnace duct.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 10

Tip on forming thin plywood cowls around glass-jar forms using a microwave.

Serving tray with gently curved corners and handles that bend like runners on a sleigh. Techniques for two types of bending described. Includes instructions for making two bending jigs, one for a simple curve and another for a compound curve.
SHOPNOTES #34 Jul 1997 (v.6) pg. 6

Freehand bending of kayak ribs and other thin wood parts can be simplified by using a propane torch instead of a steam box.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #47 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 97

Laminating and bending wood. Looks at glues, jigs, clamps, alternatives, etc.
SPORT AVIATION Jun 1986 (v.35#6) pg. 28

Plywood steamer. Homebuilt steamer is used for bending 3/32" aircraft plywood skins for the leading edge of a wing.
SPORT AVIATION Aug 1988 (v.37#8) pg. 42

Aircraft plywood steamer is built from PVC drain pipe attached to a simple source of steam.
SPORT AVIATION Nov 1996 (v.45#11) pg. 114

How to bend strips of wood (for the sides of a dulcimer) using a length of black pipe and a propane torch.
WOOD MAGAZINE #99 Oct 1997 (v.14#6) pg. 29

How to build a steam box for bending wood.
WOOD MAGAZINE #101 Dec 1997 (v.14#8) pg. 24

Photos illustrate the process in steaming and fitting an oak coaming.
WOODENBOAT #44 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 86

How to heat and reshape boat ribs using a portable heat gun. This technique enabled a boat hull to be reshaped without removing the frames.
WOODENBOAT #47 Jul_Aug 1982 pg. 109

A steambox scrapbook. Sixteen different homemade steam-generating rigs for bending wood are illustrated and explained. Basic instruction for steaming and bending wood also included.
WOODENBOAT #88 May-Jun 1989 pg. 50

Singlehanded boatbuilding. An illustrated guide to (1) moving heavy timbers, (2) using handscrews to form an all-purpose vise, and (3) bending and clamping frames.
WOODENBOAT #99 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 94

What you should know about plank curvature in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #100 May-Jun 1991 pg. 31
Added Info WOODENBOAT #102 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 8

In situ steambox to prepare wood for bending is made from the rigid foam sheets used to insulate houses. The steam is provided by a modified aluminum pressure cooker.
WOODENBOAT #109 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 70

Bending wood with dry heat (without the use of steam). Heating tools include a propane heater, electric heat gun, 650-watt movie light, ... etc.
WOODENBOAT #129 Mar-Apr 1996 pg. 99

Bending plywood. Includes a chart showing the minimum bending radius for dry plywood from 1/8" to 3/4" thick.
WOODENBOAT #136 May-Jun 1997 pg. 121

Kerf bending techniques. Looks at dealing with various materials, kerf spacing, kerf-cutting techniques, etc.
WOODSMITH #77 Oct 1991 pg. 12

Technique for kerfing wood to bend compound curves.
WOODWORK #6 Summer 1990 pg. 22

Bending form for Shaker-style chair back posts.
WOODWORK #34 Aug 1995 pg. 39

Steaming advice. Tips on steaming and bending ash for ladderback chairs.
WOODWORKER #1033 Dec 1979 (v.83) pg. 747

How to make a simple steam bending pipe. Use either a tea kettle or an electric coil in a galvanized bucket to produce the steam. Includes tips on selecting and bending the wood.
WOODWORKER #1038 May 1980 (v.84) pg. 329

Country chairs and chairmaking. Part 4. Steam bending of wooden components. Includes diagrams of homemade steamers and formers (jigs).
WOODWORKER #1040 Jul 1980 (v.84) pg. 458

Home steam bending chamber made from an electric tea kettle and a large plastic bag.
WOODWORKER #1063 Jun 1982 (v.86) pg. 417

How to bend solid timber. Two methods illustrated.
WOODWORKER #1065 Aug 1982 (v.86) pg. 530

A simple steam chamber is made from a five-liter oilcan and a length of plastic pipe.
WOODWORKER #1076 Jul 1983 (v.87) pg. 420
Added Info WOODWORKER #1079 Oct 1983 (v.87) pg. 652

Bending rules. How to fabricate a steam generator, steam chest, bending former, and other devices which will allow you to make bent-wood backs for chairs (such as found in a Windsor chair).
WOODWORKER #1097 Apr 1985 (v.89) pg. 284
Added Info WOODWORKER #1101 Aug 1985 (v.89) pg. 640
Added Info WOODWORKER #1102 Sep 1985 (v.89) pg. 650

Determining how many kerfs to cut and how far apart to cut them in order to achieve a particular radius.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 583

Tips on bending top bows, arms and crinoline stretchers for double-bow and Windsor chairs.
WOODWORKER Jun 1988 (v.92#6) pg. 497

Tip on using a length of round mild steel stock in place of an expensive bending iron when making violins.
WOODWORKER Jun 1988 (v.92#6) pg. 497

How to determine the correct kerf spacing along the back of a board in order to bend the board to a given radius.
WOODWORKER Jun 1988 (v.92#6) pg. 497

Tip on converting a pressure cooker into a source of steam for bending wood.
WOODWORKER Oct 1988 (v.92#10) pg. 891

Wooden steamer box (8"x8"x48") built from marine plywood.
WOODWORKER Sep 1989 (v.93#9) pg. 839

A curved firewood storage rack is made by steam bending green ash or hickory. Plans for a simple steam box are included.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1979 (v.3#5) pg. 12

Kerf bending, a wood bending technique.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1984 (v.8#4) pg. 20

Steam bending. Part 1. Unsupported or hand steam bending. Charts illustrate the flexibility of various types of wood. Includes plans for a steam box made from stovepipe, tincan and hot plate.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1986 (v.10#2) pg. 22

Steam bending. Part 2. Supported bending which requires more elaborate bending jigs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1986 (v.10#3) pg. 20

Making curved sides for musical instruments (fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, ...) by fabricating a two-piece bending mold from plywood or particleboard. The thin wood is prepared by heating in an ordinary oven prior to clamping in the mold.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1990 (v.14#2) pg. 30

Tip suggests steaming wood in a dishwasher.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1997 (v.21#4) pg. 8

Tips on bending wood after soaking in water.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1979 (v.35#6) pg. 137

Homebuilt wood steamer and jigs are included in article on building an authentic Alaskan dog sled.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1982 (v.38#6) pg. 30