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.
2′ x 3′ x 4′
Room for sizable pieces
Next up chair making project will be a shave horse.
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.
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.
A Joiner's Guide To Traditional Woodworking and Preservation