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Bending Iron Domestic, 120-volt

Domestic, 120-volt

Item # 0689
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$207.05

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Bending Iron International, 220-volt

International, 220-volt

Item # 4049
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$215.75

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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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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.

4.0

Bending Iron

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It is a fine bending iron. I also bought the extension for violin ribs and it worked as described. I used a homemade one for years. This one is a little slower to heat up but I just plan ahead and no problem.

4.0

Good and not too expensive iron with side bending extension

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But a little too big just for violin making. But probably ideal for guitar builders.

2.0

Low quality tool.

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The Ibex bending iron works fine but has a general cheap feel and is slow to heat up. Most notably, the violin/mandolin bending extension didn't fit the threads that are tapped into the main iron. The extension is the only reason I chose to buy this bending iron from Stewmac. I brought this to Stewmac's attention and their solution was to force the screw so that it would cut new threads into the aluminum bending iron. In order to do this I had to first file the opening of the boss in the aluminum so it would accept the long, unthreaded section at the tip of the machine screw. Once the threads hit the aluminum they chewed up the old threads without too much force. With the machine-screw snug, the connection between the main iron and the extension is solid. This aspect of the tool seems a bit cheap to me and I am suspect of the long term integrity of the threads. Two stars because a specialty tool should not require modification to be used as designed.

5.0

Again the best service

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I had this iron for some years. It turned out to be a fantastic tool. But now the iron did not get hot enough anymore and I asked customer service for a replacement heating element. This was not available and without asking they offered to send me a completely new iron for free! Where do you find such a service? I'm happy, thank you very much.

5.0

Service beyond service

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I bought the bending iron in 2003 for the purpose of pre-bending those few pieces of wood that won't bend evenly when used for a rosette.

Last weekend I finally hit a piece of rosewood that was too stiff in the middle to bend like the rest and thought "finally, I can try this thing out." Well, it didn't work and I had never tested it.

So I wrote customer service, asking which part they thought needed replacing, given the results of my electrical testing. I was hoping they could direct me to a source too.

On Monday I got an email saying a new one plus a pre-paid shipping label to send the defective one back was on its way.

You can trust Stew Mac to not only treat you right, but treat you well. I was certainly treated better than I deserved. Nine years is a long time to let something sit without testing and the thought they would still stand behind it like I bought it yesterday is amazing.

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