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 Post subject: Side Bending
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:28 pm 
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StewMac kit instructions say to soak Rosewood sides for 30 minutes before putting on the bending iron. Is this beneficial ? Any pros and/or cons for doing this. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Side Bending
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In the first guitar building class I took years ago, the instructor had us bend rosewood sides by first soaking them in a tank containing hot water for about 30 minutes. We then clamped them onto a form with no heat blanket and left them overnight. It worked with no ill effects.

So maybe soaking the sides would make them easier to bend on a bending iron. When I bend Indian rosewood sides on a bending iron, I just spritz the section of the side I'm bending with water from a spray bottle and that works fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Side Bending
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Thanks. My first acoustic build. I did bend a piece of scrap oak for practice by just spraying where I was bending. Got it to bend fairly well. Just getting ready to take the plunge.


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If your Rosewood sides are 1/4 sawn.
there is NO need to soak them.
They have allot of LIQUID IN THEM -they bend better then most woods.
natural oils, resins .
But thickness is important.
2-2.5mm is good for quarter sawn sides.

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 Post subject: Re: Side Bending
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Thank you for your input Mike. Actually, I'm not sure if they are quarter sawn. Got them from LMII. Anyway, I don't think I will soak them. Just spray as I go.


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wood from Lmii is always well cut & reliable.
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lewdavis wrote:
Thanks. My first acoustic build. I did bend a piece of scrap oak for practice by just spraying where I was bending. Got it to bend fairly well. Just getting ready to take the plunge.


Oak is one of the easiest woods to bend, but IRW is not much more difficult.

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