|After soaking for about two and a half days.|
First I had to do a little adaptation to my steam delivery system. Up until yesterday I had used the 12' hose connecting to special fittings on both the steamer and steam box. The problem is 12' of hose is 9' too much. In the past I was unable to get my steambox up to 212 degrees, and I believe it was because of a heat loss in the hose.
|Wallpaper steamer requires the fitting on the hose.|
|Hose fitting to connect the hose to the wallpaper steamer.|
|Black hose acts as an insulator around the white hose that carries the steam.|
|Brass fitting was required when using the hose as it came from the manufacturer.|
|The steam box actually held 212 degrees without a problem|
|The only place where a fiber or two raised , SUCCESS!|
I attribute the success of the bend to being able to rehydrate the material and being able to deliver a consistent flow of 212 degree steam through out the steam box while using a defect free piece of oak. I was so psyched with the results I carved two more bows and put them into the steam box for an hour. Well it would be great if I reported only my successes, but that isn't me.
The other two bows came from pieces whose grain was not as straight as it should be (understatement of the week) and as a result I ended up with a few small delaminations. I was able to use some polyurethane glue and tape to repair those. This morning I steamed and bent two arms that I carved and they were out of some wood that I most likely should have cut short of the wonky grain and used for spindles. However I had to give it a go (I need help). One of the arms suffered major delaminations and required glue, clamps and then tape. At this point this arm has become an experiment. The other arm fared a bit better but I will most likely burn it also. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, well here you go.
|Delamination in the bow caused a kink most likely rendering it unusable. There is some extra material on the bow, therefore if I am able to fare the curve without loosing to much material it will be used.|
|This is the repaired delamination that caused the kink.|
|This arm bent the best but the wonky grained prevented me from being able to keep it flat in the form. As part of my experimentation I have clamped it to my bench top with holdfasts to see if it will set in a flatter profile.|
|Moral of the post: If you find yourself wanting to bend pieces like these DON'T! Seek help!|
|Five bends with one for sure usable bow and four ahhh maybe's. I guess we will see how or if I am able to recover.|
|When the day ends it is time for the clean up crew. My grandson Zane telling me "I help Pappy".|
I have an arm that I had bent earlier so I am good to go there. I usually bend more than one component just in case, and it appears it was a good thing. Next I will be carving the spindles and then setting them aside to dry with the bendings from this past session. Until the next time may you be blessed with straight grain always.
~ Ray Schwanenberger