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Thread: My new method for bending sides!

  1. #11
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    Steam bending wood is a very old, tried and tested technique. Which is why it has been around so long. Good on you, take the road less travelled.
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    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
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    Not that long ago a lot of luthiers boiled their sides in giant tin baths. Don't remember anyone complaining about the results. It all works, has its pros and cons, but it works.

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    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 pressure to hold them tight to the sides of the mold.

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    Nice and thanks for sharing. I want to go the steam method one day, too.

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    What did you use to generate the steam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klr View Post
    What did you use to generate the steam?
    Wall paper steamers work well
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
    New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klr View Post
    What did you use to generate the steam?
    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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    Last edited by Sawdust; 01-01-2020 at 05:20 PM.

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    Thanks for the info.

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