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How to Bend Wood to Make a Curved-Handle Walking Cane

You can use several different techniques to bend wood. Wood responds to changing conditions like moisture and wind. As wood dries, it shrinks, causing warping. Kiln drying prevents this. Learn about bending wood with the steam method.

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  1. Cut 1-by-6 pine boards to the dimensions you need to hold your cane. Screw together the sides except for one end. Drill a hole into the end piece the size of the hose. Screw on metal hinges on the top of the end piece and to the box so you can open the wood flap to check steaming progress and to insert and remove the wood. The end flap piece does not need to close tightly as some steam will need to escape the steam box.

  2. Attach the hose to the kettle spout and run it into the hole in the steam box end. Place the soaked wood inside the steam box. Light your heat source and place the kettle over the heat. Steam for approximately one hour for every inch of wood thickness.

  3. Remove the steamed wood from the steam box and place on the prepared form or mould immediately and allow it to dry.

  4. Remove the dried wood from the mould or form. You can now trim, sand and finish it.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cane mould or form
  • Heat source
  • Tea kettle
  • Hose
  • Screws
  • Two metal hinges
  • Project wood

About the Author

Geoff Hineman

Geoff Hineman has been a professional writer since 2001. His work has appeared in Dodge Magazine, The Ann Arbor Paper and online. Hineman holds a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University.

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