Working On Rocking Chairs

By: Dunn Sohn Woodwork  09-12-2011
Keywords: Wood

The Steambending Process

The wood is placed in the steambox for between two and four hours depending on the species and the final use. In this case, the rocking chair back slats sit in a special support designed to allow steam circulation as well as a quick release when moving to the bending press. The intense heat and humidity soften the wood and make it pliable enough to form into a curve. The ultimate success depends on careful selection of the wood and experience in dealing with the varieties of wood grain. Depending on the wood species, in spite of all care and selection the percentage of breakage during the bending process can be quite high.

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Turning a Large Bowl

The wood is left with fairly thick walls and put aside for a period of up to eight months to dry out. When the drying is complete, it is returned to the lathe for final shaping to the desired form. The next step is to reverse the piece on the lathe and hollow out the inside.