Completed 8' long steam box. Note the reinforced legs that open to the correct angles for drainage.

Steam Box for Chair Parts

This is a project I’ve been wanting for a while now.

It’s an 8′ long steam box for steaming Windsor Chair and Architectural parts. It’s powered by 2 Wagner wallpaper steamers so it should have plenty of steam to get the job done even given it’s large size.  Interior opening is 4″ x 6.5″x 8′ so plenty of room for most anything I would want to steam bend.

Completed 8' long steam box. Note the reinforced legs that open to the correct angles for drainage.
Completed 8′ long steam box. Note the reinforced legs that open to the correct angles for drainage.

Highlights of this unit:

  • Tight fitting steam entry ports which make use of threaded hose fittings
  • Folding legs so I can take the unit with me when I travel or to save shop space when not in use
  • Made from a single sheet of CDX Plywood

Some will say it is overbuilt for a Steam Box, but I hope to get a long service life out of it and most of the outside parts (legs etc) can all be remounted on another unit when the time comes to replace the core box.

Below is a slide show of the Steam Box being built along with some tips in the captions.

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