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    The truth is, when all is said and done, anything...

    The truth is, when all is said and done, anything man made will never be perfect, that is a fact. The satisfaction comes from knowing that you have tried to do the best you could.
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    I built one of their kits, it does have a arched...

    I built one of their kits, it does have a arched back.
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    I've been jigging! I have built two molds one...

    I've been jigging!
    I have built two molds one for a concert and one for a tenor ukulele, I've also built a steam box and two clamping jigs for bending the sides after steaming the wood. I have...
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    Are the sides you bent quarter sawn or flat sawn?

    Are the sides you bent quarter sawn or flat sawn?
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    I eliminated the twisting by making the clamping...

    I eliminated the twisting by making the clamping mold jig the same width as the width of the sides. The thing that I noticed is that the wood gets so hot that once it's in the mold it seems to dry...
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    I also started experimenting with steam bending,...

    I also started experimenting with steam bending, I built a steam box and a couple clamping jigs, worked really good. To me it was a lot easier than any other method I've tried so far. With the...
  7. Thread: Radius dish?

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    Do you use self adhesive backed or 3m spray to...

    Do you use self adhesive backed or 3m spray to attach the sandpaper?
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    Radius dish?

    I just built a 15' radius dish, I'm going to put sand paper in it so I can sand the sides for the back. What grit sand paper should I use?

    Thanks!
    Sawdust
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    Really looks nice.

    Really looks nice.
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    Very common back in the day, if that table were...

    Very common back in the day, if that table were made in today's time it would be made of hard to tell how many pieces of wood.
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    Best wishes and God bless.

    Best wishes and God bless.
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    Great job, looks very nice.

    Great job, looks very nice.
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    A steam generator for a steam box from Amazon, it...

    A steam generator for a steam box from Amazon, it works really well. You can see one like I got in this pic.

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    I took the sides out of the mold, there was very...

    I took the sides out of the mold, there was very little spring back. I then put them in the mold that I will use to build the ukulele, they fit in side very good, I used spreaders with very little...
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    Thanks, I probably will play around with the...

    Thanks, I probably will play around with the bending iron later on, I'm sure with enough practice it will come in handy.
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    I just checked the moisture with a meter, its at...

    I just checked the moisture with a meter, its at 5.1%, I just bent these around noon today.
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    The wood is so hot that it seems to dry out very...

    The wood is so hot that it seems to dry out very quickly, Since you brought it up, the next set I bend I'll check the moisture with a meter before and after bending.
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    The test set was cherry, these are walnut, both...

    The test set was cherry, these are walnut, both were flat sawn.
    I was amazed how easily they bent.
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    I haven't took them out yet, but the test set had...

    I haven't took them out yet, but the test set had very little spring back at all, I left them in over night though.
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    My new method for bending sides!

    I made a new system for bending sides, here's a few pics.

    I steamed the wood for 25 minutes at 212 degrees, the sides were 0.090 thick, they bent like hot butter in the jig.
    No warping...
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    https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Bod...

    https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Bodies_and_Necks_and_Wood/Ukulele_Wood/Honduran_Mahogany_Top_Back_and_Side_Set_for_Ukulele.html
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    Isn't that a little thin for a tenor ukulele? The...

    Isn't that a little thin for a tenor ukulele? The sides on the Stewmac site are 2.38mm ( 3/32" )
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    Yes it is a hand bending iron, I made it out of a...

    Yes it is a hand bending iron, I made it out of a piece of pipe and a electric charcoal lighter, I have a rheostat on it to adjust the temperature. The wood that I'm trying to bend is 2.5mm thick.
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    Even spraying the wood with water I'm having...

    Even spraying the wood with water I'm having trouble with scorching.
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    Bending iron temperature?

    What temperature does the bending iron need to be? I assume there is an ideal temperature for the wood to bend with out scorching it to bad.

    Thanks!
    Sawdust
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