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UkAlele
08-11-2015, 05:59 AM
Hi UU,

Does anybody know the ideal temperature for bending mahogony using a bending iron? The thickness is just under 2 mm.

Thanks

Uk-Al-lele
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ProfChris
08-11-2015, 06:14 AM
No ideal - each piece of wood is different.

What I do is place the wood on the hot pipe, apply *gentle* but firm pressure about 3 ins either side, and rock the wood (to prevent heating just one spot, reduces the chance of scorching). When it's hot enough you will feel it start to move. Then persuade, rather than press, it into the shape you want.

If you have an offcut, practice on that first to get the feel.

spookelele
08-11-2015, 02:37 PM
You might try this question in the luthier lounge.