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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. This wood steamer 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) Steam Generator
    (1) 10' Steam Hose
    (1) Brass Fitting
    (2) Hinges
    (1) Latch/Clasp
    (1) Plan for Building Your Own Steam Box
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    Brand Rockler
    Manufacturer Part Number 42826
    Weight 4.4000
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    126 Reviews
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    I love my new steamer, works great for all my projects
    August 18, 2019
    9 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works like a charm.
    Easy set up, easy to use and works great in bending or straightening wood.
    May 26, 2019
    3 months ago
    Works great, good purchase!
    May 20, 2019
    4 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    I assembled the steam box and ran some trial pieces. I was able to make some pretty tight bends easily. Appears that it will work quite well.
    May 17, 2019
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Rocker Steam Kit
    It took a while from when I plugged it in till it started making steam but when it caught up, it was rock solid temps.
    Steam unit attached to steam box
    Steam unit attached to steam box
    April 24, 2019
    4 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    steam generator
    works well easy to use
    January 21, 2019
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Steam generator works very well. No need for steam box plan. Just used pvc. Works great.
    January 8, 2019
    8 months ago
    Like it!
    Good price for this product. Haven't used it much yet, but looks like a really nice product. Glad I purchased it. Think I'ts going to do the job I need it to.
    December 21, 2018
    9 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works great !!!!!
    December 19, 2018
    over 2 years ago
    Steam bending adds a whole new set of possibilities!
    Heats up fast and does the job. I built my box out of a 4" PVC pipe because I bend very long and skinny strips so some of the provided hardware was not useful to me. My "box" is an 8 foot section of 4" PVC (pretty high volume) but I am finding that a single steam generator is sufficient.
    December 11, 2018
    9 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    I am making walking canes and I want to take some of the bend out of some of the sticks I have. This was the best deal I found and I had always trusted ROCKLER.
    Earl R on Aug 4, 2019
    i need to bend some oak for door frames on my street rod
    Tim M on Jul 18, 2019
    I am making walking canes and I want to take some of the bend out of some of the sticks I have. This was the best deal I found and I had always trusted ROCKLER.
    Earl R on Aug 4, 2019
    Ummm...for to steam bend wood. :).
    Lynn on Jul 29, 2019
    i need to bend some oak for door frames on my street rod
    Tim M on Jul 18, 2019
    It is a Kit
    Roy C on Jun 28, 2019
    i always wanted to bend wood never had a chance to. And rockler seems to be a very good company in all the reviews
    Jim S on May 24, 2019
    Looked like what I needed for an art series and I download the steam box plans so looks complete for my needs to start project.
    Karlyn I Berg A on Apr 26, 2019
    I needed an easy way to bend wood to build chairs and rocking chairs without having to build a fire.
    Jerry B on Apr 26, 2019
    I chose this based on the need for a steam kit for furniture building and the numerous good reviews. Can't wait to get started when it arrives.
    Brandon R on Apr 25, 2019
    It is a better way to bend wood
    bernardzoppa on Apr 20, 2019
    Interested in making some curved wood projects. This should work perfectly
    Michael H on Apr 18, 2019
    have a arch window and for trim work
    Nalaka R on Apr 12, 2019
    To steam wood for bending.
    Jeff Gier on Apr 10, 2019
    I think it is the best product for the money
    Robert n on Apr 9, 2019
    Planning on making some Shaker Oval Boxes and had a choice of going with a hot water bath or steam bending kit. The steam bending kit will make more options available to me.
    Jeffrey H on Apr 7, 2019
    Good price, like rockler products.
    ERMA L. H on Apr 7, 2019
    Richard P on Apr 6, 2019
    It seemed like a nice quality product to meet my steam bending needs. Good reviews and a good price. Thanks!
    Nathan O on Apr 4, 2019
    perfect for maing shaker boxes!
    Robert L on Mar 31, 2019
    I picked this because I want to learn how to bend wood, and I thought this would help out.
    John K on Mar 31, 2019
    To fix a bowed door.
    John O on Mar 15, 2019
    I have built my own steam bending boxes before and used a tea kettle on a hot plate......it worked, but not the safest way! This kit should do the trick. Looking forward to steam bending some stretchers for a custom bench.
    Ross W on Mar 11, 2019
    Did some searching and this product was the best one fo the price..cant wait to try it on my first project to see just how good it works..will be buying a couple more if it works well..
    Roy T on Feb 18, 2019
    I chose this kit because it is the only one I have found that has quality features and a large steaming capacity in terms of time for the bending of musical instrument sides.
    Kevin S on Jan 28, 2019
    After watching a video of how to make a steam box, using your product seamed to be perfect for what i needed to bend wood for a project I'm working on. Looking forward to using it.
    Lorin D on Jan 21, 2019
    bending wood for guitar/ukelele
    Barry G on Jan 10, 2019
    I am interested is doing some wood bending projects. I read reviews online about several different ones and the one from Rockler had the best reviews.
    James S on Jan 5, 2019
    Needed for ship model building
    GEORGE V on Jan 3, 2019
    I am going to bend some chair parts.
    Gordon R on Jan 2, 2019
    I want to make some bent wood canes.
    DAVID R on Dec 29, 2018
    I'm building a canoe and for this price, the prospect of building my own kit seemed daunting & unnecessary. It had almost universal 5 star reviews and that was enough for me.
    Ann S on Dec 28, 2018
    To bend wood strips for laminated banjo rims.
    Kevin D on Dec 17, 2018
    To straighten a 120 year old table top
    christian b on Dec 16, 2018
    Walter B on Dec 15, 2018
    A Christmas gift for my dad.
    Dylan S on Dec 14, 2018
    want to do steam bending
    kelly L on Dec 11, 2018
    Xmas present for son
    Sandra B on Dec 7, 2018
    My husband has been asking for one for months..
    Danielle L on Dec 6, 2018
    Gift for my brother who is a woodworker.
    Richard G on Dec 3, 2018
    To steam bend chair parts
    Jeffrey K on Nov 27, 2018
    upgrade my present system
    William E on Nov 26, 2018
    to use on a Christmas project i am starting on
    bryant h on Nov 26, 2018
    He has wanted to order this for a long time. I am going to surprise him.
    D H on Nov 23, 2018
    Special Project that needs curved moldings.
    T J on Nov 19, 2018
    I liked the fact that it came with a kit and had instructions to build the box.
    Rebecca A on Nov 15, 2018
    I want to experiment with wood bending.
    Patricia M on Nov 7, 2018
    Good price. Wanted to try wood bending.
    Michael K on Oct 30, 2018
    I have been steam bending wood in a banquet pan over a two burner Coleman camp stove. Was considering building a unit using an electric kettle and some shopvac hose when I came across this dandy little unit for a decent price.
    GREG S on Oct 25, 2018
    building a boat
    Terry C on Oct 14, 2018
    great way to bend small pieces of wood.
    Michael F on Oct 4, 2018
    need for a project I am working on
    Peter R on Jun 29, 2018
    Ummm...for to steam bend wood. :).
    Lynn on Jul 29, 2019
    It is a Kit
    Roy C on Jun 28, 2019
    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
    BEST ANSWER: Kiln dried lumber bends fine you just have to steam it longer and bend slowly its actually a better finished product so i would say allow extra cost for time but exercise patience u cant rush perfection and dont forget compression to the ends if it stretchs in length wood will definitely seperate but to answer ur question kiln dried is fine to bend
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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)
    Can I use this generator with a plastic bag?
    Michl on Dec 3, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend it. The plastic bag would melt.
    The front door keeps warping How do I stop this?
    Wayne R on Mar 31, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Wayne, I ended up making my steam bending box out of pvc pipe with plastic end caps. I used drill press to drill holes for dowels that support the wood being steamed.
    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.

    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 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.
    I am needing to bend red oak in a 12" circle, the size of the wood is 3/4" x 1". Could the steamer handle this in one piece. ? Thanking you in advance. Ross.
    Ross M on Oct 14, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I have my doubts that your oak would hold up after drying even if you could bend it to a circle of 23” that is extremely tight and would require a lot of steaming. I would rip your oak into thin strips of 1/8” each, steam them, bend them, dry them and then glue each back together into your circle. The only problem would be that you have to start with a thicker piece of wood to allow for the blade loss of your table saw. Good luck, Ken
    Can someone give me an estimate on how much it costs to build the steam box? 3' long by the x 3" or 4 inches following the Rockler plans. I need an estimate to include in a grant application budget. The estimate does not need to include the steamer since that price is clear
    Karlyn B on Sep 22, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I don't have an exact answer because another person from my chair making class made the box for us both to make more chairs. Our box is about 5 feet long and maybe 8x8 inches--The box is in a different town than where I live, so I cannot give exact dimensions. We used 2 of the Rockler steamers --our pieces to be bent were 1 and 3/4 inch by 1 and 3/4 inch and about 50 inches long--so we needed a box a lot bigger than your proposed box and more steam-hence the two steamers. You can use exterior plywood--one half inch to 3/4 inch thick--a one half sheet of it should be plenty for you. You also need some hardware--screw the box together, a hinge for the door and a latch for the door. Oh, I see now from Rockler ad that the kit includes hinges and latch. You should start with hot water, so you could get one of those pots that heat fast. But if your pieces are small, you won't need to steam a long time (we needed to steam 1-3 hours for our chair parts)--you should be able to just use one steamer. I would guesstimate $20 for hardware and a few 3/8 inch dowels (for the cross bars for the pieces you are steaming--you don't want to let the steamed pieces just lay on the floor of the box--you want steam to enter all sides of the pieces and $ for whatever a half sheet of exterior plywood costs. Best to set up the steamer outside. If you google steam boxes, you can get some great suggestions.
    Sound more complicated than it is, so have at it, and good luck!
    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
    I want to bend 2"x2"x8' long pieces of pressure treated wood to create a curve for an outdoor wood fence. Could i use this unit with heavy duty 8 inch diameter pvc pipe as the box, rather than making a wood box?
    And would this unit produce enough steam?
    M P on Apr 17, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I have used a 3" PVC pipe to steam 1 1/4 X 8' oak for kayak coaming. I think the 8" pipe is way overkill for what you are trying to do. I didn't have a problem with the PVC deforming but only steamed for about a half hour. I have heard the PVC can get a little squirmy but if you just strap it down that should not be a problem. I took 3" PVC and drilled a hole in an end cap for the hose adapter. I didn't even need to glue the cap on and only used a rag stuffed in the other end to contain the steam. To fill an 8" pipe 8' long will require exponentially more steam and since you can only bend on piece at a time you can end up over steaming the other pieces. It will take a little longer but I think the results and cost would be to your advantage to spend a little more time.
    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.