Maintaining the bend with string

Tie a length of string tightly between the ends of the bow (above) and begin steaming the arm. Once the arm Is ready for bending, you can remove the bow and bend the arm as in step 2. The string will keep the bow bent until it dries.

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A SHOP-MADE PIPE STEAMER

An economical and durable wood steamer like the one shown below can be fashioned from 2-by-4s and 4-inch-diameter ABS pipe and fittings. The device features support racks inside the pipe and a removable cap at each end for easy access. The steam source is a water can connected to the steamer by a length of plastic hose; the water in the can is heated by a propane-fired cooker. (This setup should only be used outdoors). The steam source should have a removable, screw-type cap.

To build the steamer, start with a length of schedule 80 ABS pipe longer than the bow and arm. Cut it in half and drill a series of holes through both pipe halves to accommodate 3/s-inch zinc-coated machine bolts and nuts

STEAM SOURCE FITTING (DETAIL)

Machine nut (inside steam water can)

STEAM SOURCE FITTING (DETAIL)

Machine nut (inside steam water can)

Plastic hose to steamer

Pipe damp

Threaded coupling

Rubber gasket

Plastic hose to steamer

Pipe damp

Threaded coupling

Rubber gasket as shown. These bolts will support wood inside the steamer to prevent it from lying in condensed water. (The zinc coating will prevent the bolts from staining the wood). Drill the holes below the centerline of the pipe to provide room for the wood. Install the bolts, using steel and rubber washers

Schedule

Tconnector

Removable end cap

Schedule

Tconnector

Removable end cap

on both sides to make an airtight seal. Now glue both halves of the pipe to an ABS T connector. Drill a /2-inch drain hole at one end to release moisture and excess pressure. Then glue a connector pipe cut from P/2-inch ABS pipe to the spout of the T connector. Next, cut a length of plastic hose that will connect the steamer to the water can; the fittings required for the water can end are shown above. (The fittings for the steamer end of the hose are identical, except that an ABS end cap is used instead of the water can cap; the end cap is glued and screwed to the connector pipe.) Make sure the fittings are airtight. Lastly, build a 2-by-4 frame to support the steamer. Nail a small support block at one end so the steamer will rest on a slight incline and the excess water will run out of the drain hole.

To use the steamer, carefully connect the gas cooker to a propane tank. Fill the water can, attach the cap and hose to it, and set the can on the cooker. Secure the removable end caps on the steamer, light the cooker, and let the steamer build up steam. (Caution: Do not let the steamer or steam source become pressurized.)

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