Side Bending Practice Wood

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Don't split the good wood! Before that beautiful set of AAA side wood touches your bending iron, you'll want to practice with this inexpensive wood.

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Side Bending Practice Wood

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Don't split the good wood! Before that beautiful set of AAA side wood touches your bending iron, you'll want to practice with this inexpensive wood.

Start with this set of two 4" x 25" practice strips, and you'll lessen the chance of splitting the good wood. These quartersawn wooden strips have the same thickness as our guitar side woods (.095"-.100"). Wood type may vary. See our instructions on side bending to help you get started.

Product Instructions

Bending Sides With a Bending Iron

An introduction to bending wood using a Bending Iron.

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Side Bending Practice Wood

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just the ticket

By Al K from Scituate, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 03, 2013

It was so helpful to be able to practice bending the first time. Every species will be different - this was maple, I used mahogany for the guitar. But I figured it out. Trying to keep the costs down I might have gone without, but it was SO WORTH IT.
Thanks Stewmac!

Confidence builder

By Adams Guitars from Wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 31, 2012

It was great to be able to practice on this wood before bending my actual sides.


By Ilya Li from Blagoveshchensk, Russian Federation
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 24, 2012

excellent material for training. And the price is low.

Practice Wood

By MarkD from Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Perfect for giving me some confidence on my first guitar on a homemade bending pipe. Cheap lessons learned before going to my real sides.

correct for beginning

By p gaudreau from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 18, 2011

but too short


By Steve001 from Montrea, Qu+¬bec, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 10, 2011

Well, this was only for practice. The wood is a little short in length but i managed to practice a little with it.

Bending for beginners

By Tom Wright from Big Rapids
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 18, 2011

I tried the practice side bending wood with my homemade bending iron. The wood was pretty much as stated in the website listing; unmatched wood of some species (Maple I believe). The first one bent very oddly (my technique and inconsistent heat across the pipe)and I am not sure that it was actually quartersawn.

The second one was quite "flamey" making it a more of a challenge to bend (it split in three places as I thought it might) although the bends actually came out better. The pieces weren't the "easy to bend type" I thought they would be. Never the less, I think trying these two pieces first gave me a chance to see how challenging bending can be. I am attempting now to find a local source of straight grain, dried quartersawn hardwood to resaw and practice on for a while before I attempt real instrument wood.

Nice wood, but too short for actual use

By Jim Kath from Santa Fe, NM, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 18, 2011

Pay attention to the length of this wood, it is too short for an actual guitar. Would be perfect for a mandolin or Uke though. Otherwise, very nice.

Awesome Practice Wood

By R Anthony from Los Angeles, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 16, 2010

The wood arrived in excellent condition. Stew-Mac doesn't say what kind of wood it is, but I think it is maple. My set had a slight curl to it. Excellent value if you want to make low cost sides for an acoustic.

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