Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Steam Pipe

Steam Pipe

Annika and I have successfully built a steam pipe in which we can steam wood that is to be bent. It’s a simple set up consisting of an insulated PVC pipe, vinyl tubing and a hot pot. That’s all. It get’s considerably hotter than I had anticipated which is marvelous; we’ll be able to bend the wood faster.

Clamped Steamed Wood

I’ve just begun assembling the bent sections of the wing frame. I may need to steam each piece a couple times and over extend the degree of arching in order to compensate for any relaxing the wood will want to do once unclamped. We’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping the L brackets will help hold it all in shape.

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