A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Three

I knocked together a steam box out of some 15mm thick exterior plywood and connected it to a steam supply for bending the various curved parts of this double bow chair. I made several formers for the assorted bows from the same plywood by gluing two thicknesses together.

The first part to be bent was the crinoline stretcher for the chair’s undercarriage. The only ash I have at present has been ‘air-drying’ (truth be told, it has been sitting out in rain and shine at the end of the house) for the past four or five years. I had some reservations about the suitability of this old weathered timber, but I need not have worried; when steamed it bent like a sally rod.

The ash stick cramped in the former.

When the bow had cooled, I removed it from the former and tied it securely to retain its shape until fully dried.

The bow secured while drying.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Three

  1. Joe M. says:

    Hello Jack!
    Did you split the ash(with a froe) or cut with a saw? How was the gain oriented?


  2. Michael Dooley says:

    Hi Jack, Did you need to use a backing strap to bend it successfully?


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