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Expand your woodworking skills to include steam bending wood into beautifully smooth and permanent curves with a Rockler Steam Bending Kit!

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Get your Rockler Steam Bending Kit now to build unique chairs, toys, oval Shaker boxes, instruments, specialized molding, doors, handrails, and more! Makes it possible to give nearly any wood species enough plasticity to bend or curve to your liking. The kit includes a 5.3 quart reservoir with built-in heating element to provide continuous steam for up to two hours, heating everything inside your steam box to 212°. You also get a 10' long steam hose, a brass fitting to attach the hose to your steam box, two hinges, a latch/clasp, and an assembly plan that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to build a steam box.

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    (1) 10' Steam Hose
    (1) Brass Fitting
    (2) Hinges
    (1) Latch/Clasp
    (1) Plan for Building Your Own Steam Box
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    My shop classes have used this steamer for many years to bending fishing nets.
    September 4, 2018
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    Your Bentwood steamer is fantastic! I enjoyed building the steam box, and my first project was to bend ash wood to make stays for a model of a Conestoga wagon. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for my business of building models and carving figures to enhance the models.
    August 11, 2018
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    worked as advertized
    Built the steam box with the plans provided and used with no problems. Little unit really puts out the steam.
    July 27, 2018
    Purchased
    5 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    " EASY WAY TO BEND WOOD"
    This makes the process of steam bending wood very fast and easy. Its quick to set up and the results are great. It opens up
    a new world of idea's for wood working!
    July 12, 2018
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Rockler Steamer
    I like the steam very much. It does a great job for
    what I am using it for. I bend sides for the Mountain
    Dulcimer. 1/8" x 2" x 32" Thanks Mac
    July 2, 2018
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    Great product!
    The steam bender kit works exactly as advertised. I actually built a 7”x7”x6’ pine box and it only takes 20 min to heat up. Buy extra weather stripping, as it needs to be replaced after a few uses. I also had better luck monitoring the temp with a digital meat thermometer.
    June 25, 2018
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Success!
    A bit difficult at first, trying to do certain things that should not have been done. Working with wood stock too kiln dried, as well as too thick, needed to experiment.
    Working with older lumber stock, resalvaged from older dismantled barns and other (air dried). Having great success now. will post a few pictures later.
    Replacing curved wood trim on a very old roll top desk.
    Using older chestnut, cut and shaped to duplicate as close as possible.
    June 24, 2018
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    works well
    The steamer creates sufficient steam for the size box in the plans. It does need to be refilled if you want to steam for more than 45 minutes.
    June 4, 2018
    Purchased
    4 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Great outcome with tight steam box
    Ordered this kit a few days ago and made my steam box while waiting for it to arrive putting the finishing touches on it (hinges, latch) when it arrived. Once I hooked it all up and the water starting boiling, I was at 212 degrees in <15 minutes. I put two 13/64” vent holes in front (for safety) and two 13/64” drain holes in the back. Reading the reviews were worthwhile to encourage me to build a tight box.

    Super easy setup and design...great outcome!
    June 2, 2018
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Steam bending kit.
    Great product, received in great condition and on time. Just starting to learn wood bending and am sure this kit will do the job.
    May 9, 2018
    Purchased
    5 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
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    Why did you choose this?
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    need for a project I am working on
    Peter R on Jun 29, 2018
    A friend has one and I need to make some small chairs Bottom and Back with the ends curved up.
    David G on Jun 15, 2018
    need for a project I am working on
    Peter R on Jun 29, 2018
    To restore a sleigh
    Chester C on Jun 19, 2018
    A friend has one and I need to make some small chairs Bottom and Back with the ends curved up.
    David G on Jun 15, 2018
    I wanted to bend thin wood.
    Mac M on Jun 11, 2018
    Making walking canes
    Kathy s on Jun 9, 2018
    Dye fixing silk paintings
    Gerald on Jun 1, 2018
    to make steam
    Armand B on May 27, 2018
    I am building a project that requires some bending and after watching your video, I think this will work fine.
    JACK Y on May 26, 2018
    To bend some wood
    WILLIAMLINDA K on May 25, 2018
    need to put an arch on a piece of wood so thought i'd give this a try good reviews
    Martin N on May 21, 2018
    I am planning to make various toys and pieces of furniture
    Michael M on May 20, 2018
    This kit should make my first attempts at wood bending easier...
    David B on May 15, 2018
    to install on a was melter for honey bee frames.
    Daniel H. J on May 10, 2018
    WANT TO BEND LONG PEICES
    JOHN V on May 4, 2018
    I need to bend teak for a boat deck.
    JAMES G on Apr 26, 2018
    Build Rc airplane
    Wayne R on Apr 23, 2018
    I've always wanted to learn how to bend wood!
    Thomas H on Apr 23, 2018
    help to diversify my woodworking to include curved items
    James B on Apr 20, 2018
    Learning to make projects steam bending wood.
    shadow on Apr 18, 2018
    I need to bend some wood straps for a footlocker I'm building. Attempts at "hot tube" bending not as successful as last time. I figure I'll give this a try.
    Kenneth N on Apr 15, 2018
    To make my own guitar parts!
    Kurt J on Apr 13, 2018
    good product reviews. good price.
    Mel K on Apr 12, 2018
    For its quality
    ROBERT F on Apr 9, 2018
    I’ve been wanting one for years, just never could afford one. Your fantastic sale (and my insomnia) clinched the sale. The reason I went with this kit is because it not only included the generator but also the hose and hardware for the steam box. Thank you!
    Kirk C on Apr 9, 2018
    Purchased one already, need two units for bigger job
    Bruce R on Apr 6, 2018
    Some good reviews. Hope it doesn't stop working like some reviews
    Bob G on Apr 6, 2018
    music instrument building. mostly for bending sides for hollow body guitars and violins
    william b on Apr 4, 2018
    I build dollhouses and have been looking for a smaller scale steam bending system to bend stair rails and such. I often kit-bash, and have designed some of my own stairs, but have not been able to complete the projects due to inability to bend the rails adequately. Hopefully this product will fit the bill.
    Ralph H on Apr 3, 2018
    I dropped and shattered the tank on the last one I purchased from you.
    Carlton P on Mar 30, 2018
    because i am building a boat and it requires steam bending
    john s on Mar 30, 2018
    To make a special project which required bending wood frame.
    Iris M on Mar 28, 2018
    Looks like an easy to use steamer with everything I’ll need to get started
    CJ S on Mar 11, 2018
    I have a wood bending project that would work well with the Rockler Steam Bending Kit.
    Philip P on Mar 1, 2018
    Trying some new things.
    James H on Feb 27, 2018
    needed one
    Michael F on Feb 17, 2018
    To bend some panels to formed structure
    George H on Feb 13, 2018
    Woodworking projects
    LYNN G on Jan 26, 2018
    was recommended
    Doug L on Jan 22, 2018
    I saw it on Utube.
    Michael F on Jan 6, 2018
    Bending ribs for a small dinghy...and then parts for shaker boxes.
    Saw other similar looking steamers on-line but figured you'd stand behind what you're selling.
    Roger B on Jan 5, 2018
    it was asked for
    melissa a on Dec 8, 2017
    Because my husband wanted it.
    Diana H on Nov 21, 2017
    I want to include use curved legs on miniature furniture
    Neil A on Nov 9, 2017
    needed
    Meisam K on Nov 8, 2017
    to bend the ash wood to make banjo rims
    Cesar C on Nov 3, 2017
    need to bend wood for edgeing
    Larry H on Nov 1, 2017
    its safer
    jonathan E on Oct 17, 2017
    Husband's birthday gift
    Janet P on Sep 18, 2017
    I want to add curved elements to my projects. Bent wood is less likely to fail when loads are applied.
    leon v on Jul 25, 2017
    building an hourglass dulcimer that requires sides to be bent
    John P on Jul 13, 2017
    To restore a sleigh
    Chester C on Jun 19, 2018
    I wanted to bend thin wood.
    Mac M on Jun 11, 2018
    What is thickest stock recommended for this unit?
    Kent K on Nov 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: They show using 3/4". I used 3/4" marine grade plywood so the heat and moisture doesn't ruin the box.
    No where does it say that kiln dried wood does not bed well if at all. Air dried wood is what is needed. I asked at my local rockler and they can not tell me if their stock lumber is kiln dried or air dried. Where is a link of some sort to lumber yards that sell air dried lumber?
    Mark B on Aug 14, 2016
    can you order a second brass fitting for the steam box?
    Dave S on Dec 13, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I hope so. This product is virtually identical to a unit sold under the Earlex brand, so I would look at other retailers if Rockler cannot sell one. Also, this is a fairly standard fitting, so you could try an online pipe fittings company. I can envision at least a few reasons to have a second nipple, so I hope it is available for purchase without much trouble.
    Do you have a 240 volt unit?
    A shopper on Jun 18, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, we do not carry a 220/240 volt version.
    why does my box only go to 130degrees ?
    A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The reason is simple physics. Google " temperature to boil water at 7400 feet" and the answer is 198F. The higher you are above sea level the less energy / heat is needed to boil water. On Mount Everest water boils at 160F.
    Can you straighten wood that has a bend in it ?
    lowery l on Sep 28, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Wood can be straightened but it depends on the size and shape of the steam box itself. For larger wood projects, this unit is too small and does not produce sufficient heat. There are lots of home made steamers that work great for large projects. I did 2x2x48 inch oak for replacing rockers using a turkey fryer and a cleaned out metal 5 gallon gas can as the cooker. Thermometer topped out at 180 degrees and I did not have to refill after steaming for 4 hours.
    The steam box plan recommends using solid wood or plywood. Can MDF be used to construct the steam box?
    Jules J on Nov 13, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The steam is difficult for most wood-based products to handle. I have used exterior grade plywood, and this works great. You can tell if its the right stuff, as its glue between plys is dark brown. I do not think MDF would last, and would advise against it.
    If I use 2 of the Rockler steam bending kits will I be able to bend a deck board (10'l x 6"w)?
    Gordon P on Apr 29, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: General rule is one hour per 1 inch thickness. Because because your workpiece is large, you'll lose alot of heat into the box and into the workpiece. Based on the required size of the steam box and workpiece size, you might want to use 2 generators and double the time (or regular a single generator 4 times with pre heated water)
    Outside bending wood for guitar sides which I am considering can this be used for extermination of a bed bug problem which requires steam. I like dual purpose and bedbugs I am going to deal with this. Will this work for treating bedding, furniture and wall corners. I know they make steamers for treating bedbugs and I also considered for bending wood. My question is will it work?
    Danna V on Jan 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I would worry about damaging your mattress and letting moisture in. You can also buy mattress covers that are hypoallergenic that will trap the bedbugs inside. This steam generator probably has the generation capacity you'd need but you might cause damage in the process.
    What is the steam production rate in kg/h?
    Slobodan P on Jun 27, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Roughly 3.3kg/hr assuming no leakage.
    is there a thermometer with the kit?
    me on Feb 26, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Andy, there is no thermometer. If the chamber is built well it should get to 200 Deg. in about 10 min.

    Kevin
    I have some wood furniture that is glued together. Can I use this unit to apply steam to get the glue bond to release so I can disassemble and reuse the
    materials used in the furniture? I tried a heat gun but it will take significant amount of time to soften bonds between 2x4s and plywood sheets.
    JEK on Jun 11, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: If you are disassembling a large piece of wood, it will not do it. You can pre soak it for two to three days. Insert something sharp at the end of the wood like a flat chisel to give it a head start then use the steamer according to the thickness of the wood. The thicker the wood the longer it takes
    What is the wattage of this steamer and is it just powered by an AC outlet?
    Brad B on Jan 19, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, this steamer is powered by a normal, three-pronged household AC outlet (120V - 60Hz), and the wattage is 1500W. Once you build the steaming box, as per the plans that you can download, it's a very simple unit to use. A great addition to the shop for bending wood!
    why can't I get my wood steaming to get above 135 degrees?
    A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I have no problem getting 200deg.The box that I built is only 3'x3'x6" outside using 3/4" pine. I followed the plans. To give a few hints as to why he can,t get the temp.:... first,. is the heater putting out 200deg plus? 2nd is your box too large in length and/ or the volume too large (may need 2 heaters). Third, how airtight is the box that he built (too many leaks, and your steam is getting out). Fourth, is he doing this inside or outside .. where the ambient temperature could be a factor.I do my steaming inside the house in the basement. Another hint is to put some insulation around the box. Hope this helps.
    hi this items work at 220 v?
    hamada on Apr 25, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Not as it is set up. You probably could make it work with a step-down transformer but you can't just plug it into the wall.
    can you bend pvc with this unit?
    CORY P on Apr 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: PVC bends at 170-220. So, if your box gets that hot, you're good to go. Google PVC bending for more.
    Good Luck.
    Can schedule 80 PVC be used as a steam chamber?
    vinnie on Nov 29, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: That will work well. I use the PVC when my stock exceeds the size of my steambox.
    How hot is the steam when it's released?
    Elvis C on Jul 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: At sea level, water boils (becomes steam) at 212F (100C). So this is the temperature when it leaves the steam creation chamber. I live at higher altitude, so when my steamer is running, my steam box, which is 12x12x60" gets up to~196F at hottest. DO NOT SEAL THE STEAM BOX, this will pressurize the steam. This does not help steam bending, and makes the temperature rise to higher temperatures. I use welder's gloves to protect myself when I open the steam box door for any reason. Hope this answers your question
    I'm a first-time wood bender, and have a large project in mind. I want to bend 2x4's into a hobbit-esque front for my chicken coop. I'm pretty sure I need more steam then what one of these guys produce for such a project and am needing some safety and hook-up recommendations to use more then one on a steam box. Any pointers?
    Krista P on Mar 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: You are right about this unit not being up to the task. I don't believe any non-commercial unit would do it.
    I recommend using thinner stock and exterior glue to build up to 2' X 4' dimensions. You can build a jig
    and clamp the stock (recommend 1/4" to 1/2" plywood or solid stock) or steam and clamp. Hope this helps.
    Can this be used as a steam source for steaming off guitar necks for repair?
    Russell B on Apr 11, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Not sure....since it's purpose is to make wood soft I would be concerned of warping the neck.
    Could I make a crook with this?
    Christian U on Apr 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, have your form(s) set up & securely held down. Steam the wood for an hour per inch of thickness, then remove & apply to your form using firm pressure, but go slowly enough to allow the fibers to conform so there's no splitting. (Don't bend too fast-you can "feel" the wood give). Allow the material to remain on the form(s) a week or so, then slowly release the securing clamps. Hope this helps.
    I would like to build a longer box ( 6 x 6 x 72 ) and use two steamers should I stagger the location of the second port to help spread steam and heat more evenly across the whole length of the box ?
    michael h on Jan 14, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: My steamer is powered with one unit, 4"X 6' pvc. Very hot steam comes out the far end. I would think one steam generator is enough, but if you need two, place one at each end and vent the middle. Bruce. CedarsCrate
    Has anyone used large-diameter plastic pipe (with fitted end caps) instead of the wood steaming box?
    Lafayette Sawdust Guy on Oct 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: YES, this has been done, and has been published in Fine Woodworking, I believe. It is used for longer parts, or when the number of parts to be steamed is few in number. You still need to support the wood, to keep it off the walls of the system, so that the heat and moisture are in contact with all surfaces of the wood. The plastic pipe sags when heated, so support it every ~two feet with something shaped like a half circle. Remember the plastic will get very hot, too hot to touch, and you MUST vent the system. Steam under pressure will increase in temperature past the boiling temperature of water, and can severely burn you.
    Wil oak be a better option to use for building my steam box? I tried using pine but the box completely disformed.
    John-Henry R on Aug 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I used 1"pine an it worked great. The size of my steam box is 3" by 4" inside by4 feet long
    How do you know how big to construct your steam box? Are there suggested dimensions?
    quilter on Apr 14, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: in the plans its stated that 6" x6" 4'. much larger wont retain the heat and steam at temp. I limned the inside with aluminum and a rubber gasket to help retain steam at higher temperatures. you still need a relief port so movement of steam is allowed, and a drain. I have the drain flowing so when refilling the box the water is still warm. you will have to work out a procedure for chair legs and backs bending with this box is very acceptable.
    Can I place a 5 gallon bucket of water above with a hose going into the steam generator below the fill line. That way as the water turns into stream it will slowly be replenished ?
    me on Dec 22, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: No, the water tank is under pressure and will release the
    Steam through what ever open port it can, even with a back
    Flow preventer you would need to use pressure to forse
    Water in to it which could cause a hole new set of problems
    For you. It's better to just have more then one unit going
    With staggert start times.
    Can this also be used to steam Wallpaper off a wall?
    Michael B on Dec 8, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: It would probably work if you made some kind of jig to allow steam to spread out. I used it to remove window glazing with an air nozzel rigged up, worked perfectly.
    what is the largest box that will work with this? I need to bend a 1x10 pine board anywhere from 12' to 16' long. Thanks
    Dave G on Oct 7, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The box size shoild be the size of the piece you need to bend but i would sugesr a minimum of two steam generators started at different times so the steam stays constant wend sdding water to one otherwise the box cools down to much whrn waiting for more steam
    Can you use this to remove a warp from a piece of wood?
    mackman748 on May 14, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. but you have to pre-plan where (and how many) clamps you will use.
    So long as I drill a few holes for venting, is there any reason a can't or shouldnt use a 5 inch pvc pipe for the steamer box? I'm bending chair rails.
    Steamer on Nov 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: None as long as the pvc can withstand the heat. I have thought of doing the same thing because steam warped the **** out of Poplar box I made.