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The arm of a sack-back Windsor chair is extracted from a steaming jig with a pair of tongs. The steaming process leaves the wood pliable for about a minute—long enough to bend the piece around a form. Because of the intense heat produced, always wear work gloves when handling steamed wood.

83 is shop-made from ABS pipe. Be sure to make the steamer longer than the bow and arm, and seal it tightly to keep the steam from escaping. Include a small drain hole at one end and place the steamer on a slight incline, however, to allow the condensed steam to run out. If you are using a gas-powered steam source, it is safest to do your steaming outside. If you are using green wood, 15 to 20 minutes of steaming should make the piece sufficiently pliable to bend around a form. Air-dried lumber requires twice as much steaming. It will take about one week for a bent piece of 1-inch-thick stock to dry.

The arm and bow of the sack-back Windsor anchor the chair's backrest, tying the spindles into a strong and comfortable structure. The graceful curves of both pieces are achieved through steam bending, a process that may well be the most challenging part of making the chair.

The two essential elements of wood-steaming are a steam generator and an enclosed steamer. The version shown in the photo at right and described on page

The arm of a sack-back Windsor chair is extracted from a steaming jig with a pair of tongs. The steaming process leaves the wood pliable for about a minute—long enough to bend the piece around a form. Because of the intense heat produced, always wear work gloves when handling steamed wood.

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