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Rockler Steam Bending Kit w/FREE Bentwood Carryall Plan Download

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

Item #
42826
Rating:
88% of 100

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.

(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
4.4 / 5.0
133 Reviews
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Steam bender
Got a box built and bent a handle for a berry basket. So fun, never bent wood before. Looking forward to making other items involving bending. Very easy to set up and use.
October 20, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Neat little unit
The unit creates a large volume of steam and ,therefore, heat. I have found it necessary to soak the wood for a couple hours before placing the wood into the box. It bends much better for me doing that.
October 7, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
My Rockler steamer works great!
September 26, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Building Boat
Using Teak Wood for the Ribs. Steamer Works Awesome. Soaked Wood for One Week Steamed and Bent!!!!!!!! Awesome Product.
Yes you can Bend Teak
Yes you can Bend Teak
September 17, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Bending Bois Deark
I had. two blanks I wanted to make walking canes out of but they were to crooked. The first one was the first time I had ever tried steam and it came out almost like I wanted. The second one came out perfect with enough bend to make it look natural.
I built my box out of 1/2" MOD plywood doubled. I started with hot water and in a very short time I was at 210 degrees. I do wish that it came with a 3 foot hose and a longer cord.
September 2, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
I love my new steamer, works great for all my projects
August 18, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works like a charm.
Easy set up, easy to use and works great in bending or straightening wood.
May 26, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Works great, good purchase!
May 20, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
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new to steam bending so this kit makes it easy to have all the correct fittings to make a steam box. Pretty much everything but the plywood and for less than other steamers where you still have to hunt down and buy all the correct fittings
Phillip L on Oct 13, 2019
Need to bend round stock to repair a high chair. This steam generator had good reviews.
Steve W on Oct 9, 2019
new to steam bending so this kit makes it easy to have all the correct fittings to make a steam box. Pretty much everything but the plywood and for less than other steamers where you still have to hunt down and buy all the correct fittings
Phillip L on Oct 13, 2019
My husband loves your products! Christmas gift
Jan G on Oct 12, 2019
Need to bend round stock to repair a high chair. This steam generator had good reviews.
Steve W on Oct 9, 2019
Steam and bend wood trim.
Thomas M on Oct 7, 2019
To build a fishing net
Jerry M on Oct 4, 2019
I think it is the best or complete unit
larry k on Oct 2, 2019
It looks like it simple to use, and it is the first time I have done this kind of work. New to wood bending.
Bruce T on Sep 27, 2019
Ready to try something different....My wife saw the carryall in the catalog and I got a not so subtle hint that she would like one. So i'm getting new tool!
Mark A on Sep 26, 2019
This is something I've desired to complete some unique home projects.
Bernard W on Sep 18, 2019
Good instructional download and videos. Offer more parts than other steam bending packages.
William Conn N on Sep 17, 2019
Good value
Robert B on Sep 13, 2019
boat project, bending ribs
John Doorly A on Sep 10, 2019
I like the free shipping ($35 >) and I know Rockler has great customer service.
Big David on Sep 8, 2019
Great reviews and Im building a Strip Boat
Ricky B on Aug 27, 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
Price
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
Gift
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 loves your products! Christmas gift
Jan G on Oct 12, 2019
Steam and bend wood trim.
Thomas M on Oct 7, 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)
The front door keeps warping How do I stop this?
Wayne R on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the door on my box is made from a double layer of 1/2" MDO and it has not shown any signs of warping. If there is a sign company near you you can probable buy a used sheet for a minimal amount
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.
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
Can I use steamer to bend heavy timber 3" x 7" x 13'?
Tony A on Sep 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Tony, an old rule of thumb in steaming lumber is that you need to apply the steam continually for one hour per inch of wood. Also, generally speaking, you need to build a box big enough to hold every individual piece of wood you are steaming. That said, I don't know how you want the bend to be. If you want to to make an arc out of the piece, you probably will have to steam the entire 13 feet inside about a 14 foot box. I have never steamed wood that thick before, but depending upon whether you are bending the 3" side or the 7" side, I I would guess it would take up to a day of steaming then using a very large and heavy duty jig (picture an oversized metal bending jig) to make the bend....possibly even requiring a small 5-ton jack to make the bend. You might have to steam for about 10 hours then try and see if it will bend. Good luck....I would be interested to hear/see how you do. Jack
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.
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