Category Archives: Workshop Projects

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New Binford 6100 Kiln

This weekend I finally finished my new Kiln — a Kiln that would make Binford and Tim Allen happy. My wife is ready to kill me as its one more huge thing to move up to NH soon, but I want to get back into making some more Windsor chairs once we get settled in our new house this spring. I took a workshop last summer at NBSS and made a continuous arm Windsor chair  and hope to make some more for our new place.

The design is based largely on one my friend Pete Galbert came up with and shared on his blog here with a few minor changes/tweaks based on the engineer in me and what materials I had on hand. I’m looking forward to it having a long service life.

Warmed up kiln is ready for business
Warmed up kiln is ready for business


  • 2′ x 3′ x 4′
  • Thermostatically controlled
  • Reflective insulation
  • Cord storage
  • Chest handles
  • Leveling feet
  • Room for sizable pieces

Next up chair making project will be a shave horse.

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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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