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Bending Iron Domestic, 120-volt

Domestic, 120-volt

Item # 0689
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$214.99

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Bending Iron International, 220-volt

International, 220-volt

Item # 4049
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Bending Iron Mandolin/Violin Side Bending Extension

Mandolin/Violin Side Bending Extension

Item # 0688
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Bending Iron

About This Item

Variable temperature and versatile bending radii. Here's a well-made iron that's ideal for bending wet or steamed sidewood in the small shop.

Crafted from 6-1/4" long cast aluminum, it features variable temperature control and a versatile shape allowing a wide variety of bending radii. For bending the tight curved sides of a mandolin or violin, screw on our unique #0688 Mandolin/Violin Side Bending Extension. The sturdy wooden base can be clamped to your workbench horizontally or vertically.

Heating the iron: The Bending Iron's highest temperature is approximately 500°F. However, in most cases you won't need the iron to be this hot. Between 350° and 400° is ideal for bending most woods. To reach this temperature, set the dial to 6 and allow 45-60 minutes for the iron to heat up.

Gauge the temperature: it's important to use a quality Surface Thermometer placed directly on the aluminum to monitor the iron's temperature. Laser temperature guns don't work well because of how their infrared energy reflects off of the aluminum iron, and we've also found that food thermometers don't give an accurate reading.

Bending wood: Successful bending requires practice! We recommend using stainless steel Side Bending Straps to support wood sides during bending. We offer inexpensive practice wood and free instructions to help you get started.

#0689 Domestic model is a 120-volt (200 watt) AC electrical appliance. It has a U.S. standard Type B plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.

#4049 International model is a 220-volt (200 watt) AC electrical appliance has international plug CEE 7/7 (compatible with Type E and F receptacles) with two round prongs and two grounding clips on the sides and female contact to accept the grounding pin.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Bending Sides With a Bending Iron

An introduction to bending wood using a Bending Iron.

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5.0

Bending Iron!!! Excellent!!!

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Excellent product!!!

5.0

Works great

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New to lutherie. With a little practice, I got the hang of it pretty quick. Makes bending ukulele sides a breeze.

5.0

First experience with this Bending Iron

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I am happy to have gotten this tool. For a long time, I want to try bending woods. This tool allowed me to do something without breaking and it is not hard to use. I try to do simple things , like bigger radius that would not be so difficult.

It is working quite well and I am happy to recommend this to any one without any experiences in bending. You have to be patient and not rush your project.

Good luck to everyone who needs a real experience with this toy.

Simon Chiu

3.0

bending iron only okay

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I needed a tall tight cured Iron for specific curves on a viol. I own two solid brass irons designed for cello and violin that I have been happy with for decades.. This one basically did the job, but wobbled a bit and the curves were not quite what I needed. I took it apart thinking I might regrind the shape, but it was a hollow casting on the inside, which made reshaping impossible and explained the light weight and slow heating characteristics.

5.0

belding iron

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Haven't given it to him yet (x-mas gift)

4.0

Well Designed Tool

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I upgraded from a propane torch and 1 3/4" pipe. The new electric iron is more functional with the "egg" shaped heating area. I can get much more surface in contact with the wood to facilitate bending. It is also has a more consistent heating surface than the torch setup. The only drawback is the amount of time to reach optimum temperature. I'd say it needs 1 hour to get to 350+. I've been running the iron set around "6".

3.0

Works, but could be hotter

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The "wing" profile allows for easy forming of even tight radi, but it takes a long time to heat up and doesn't get as hot as I'd like.

4.0

Works Just Fine

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While it does take a little while to heat up (work on something else while it is) it worked great. I bent my first ever sides and they turned out perfect. Remember also, it takes a while to cool, as I found out by accidentally grabbing it while it was shut off and unplugged, but still very hot. Will only do that once!!

4.0

Nice heating iron but slow to warm up

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The heating iron is really nice itself. To me it seems sturdy and well built. I would have given it 5 stars if it didn't take almost an hour for it to reach 300 degrees F.

3.0

It dose the job

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This works well, though mine wobbles a bit and as some of the other reviews say it dose have a cheapish vibe... It still works and you can bend sides but a hot pipe is much better and sturdier.

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