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Pete Howlett
10-17-2009, 09:53 AM
OK - here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhu0BG5yVY0) is a tenor hand bend...

I wouldn't be able to do a bend this quick with a lot of the highly figured koa where I'd be using a stainless steel 'strap' to support the outside of the bend.

cornfedgroove
10-17-2009, 11:01 AM
awesome...would never have thought of doing vertical, but looks much more like it would be my style.

Pete Howlett
10-17-2009, 11:22 AM
The whole thing about having the iron vertical is you get a better picture of how the bend is progressing. You also retain a mental picture of the pattern better if it is in the orientation which you are working. My first guitar had it's sides bent on a gas pipe set horizontally and it was hard.

Spooner
10-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Great vid...takes me back to my sheet metal and blacksmith days. :shaka:

Sayyadina
10-18-2009, 06:35 AM
Great video! As always you make it look so easy. Took me like 2 hours to bend my first pair of sides :).

Pete Howlett
10-18-2009, 07:36 AM
Horizontal or vertical pipe Sayyadina? - it really does make a difference being able to see how the bend is progressing in the horizontal plane...

Sayyadina
10-18-2009, 10:42 AM
The pipe was vertical, but as I know now it was too small in diameter and too hot (I used a one inch pipe and a heatgun). The mahogany I had for the sides was also a bit too thick (2mm) I think. I will definitely try to get thinner wood next time.

Pete Howlett
10-18-2009, 11:54 AM
That I was bending was 2.1mm. Mahogany is also a 'hard' bend if it is not the right thickness!

Uke-lahoma
10-19-2009, 11:48 AM
Pete,

Did you build the bender yourself or purchase it? If purchased, from whom? (Sorry if this has been asked before.)

Pete Howlett
10-19-2009, 12:00 PM
Get them from LMII or Stewmac