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Side Bending Strap

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Side Bending Strap

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A flexible .012" stainless spring steel strap for covering a wet or steamed wooden instrument side when using the bending iron.

The strap supports the wood surface opposite the bending iron, traps moisture for easier bending and helps minimize wood split-out. It springs back flat for reuse. 4" x 24" for guitar.

Trade Secret: Sand guitar bodies with our Side Bending Strap.
Attach Stikit sandpaper and the strap becomes a flexible sander. Get dead-flat sides for cleaner binding channels with no humps or irregularities. Plus, less chance of sanding through when it comes time to finishing. Michael Greenfield explains in this video.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Michael Greenfield shows how to sand guitar bodies

Michael Greenfield of Greenfield Guitars explains clearly why it's critical to have properly shaped and sanded guitar bodies before you rout them for binding. Michael shared this great Trade Secret with us during the 2013 Northwoods Seminar last August.

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 Strap Essential

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Verified Buyer


Great/essential/works like a charm. Would be nice also to have a strip only ~half the thickness, for making the REALLY tight curves on certain Renaissance instrument replicas.

4.0

Nice Strap. Too Big for most mandolin work.

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Verified Buyer


This is a nice high quality spring steel strap. It could be nicer with handles. It is the perfect size for guitar work, but can't be used for all the required mandolin bends due to size.

5.0

I've been using it a lot .

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Verified Buyer


Works well and saves a lot of time !!

2.0

Good for narrow guitar too narrow for some.

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Verified Buyer


This product helped with side bending,
but proved to be too narrow for dreadnought guitar sides. Would be perfect if it were wider.

4.0

Yup, it's a strap

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Verified Buyer


Not much to say about this as a bending strap- it's exactly what was claimed, a bit pricey but we're all used to that. Musical saw afficionados, however, should take note- this thing has FANTASTIC wiggle tone.

5.0

Alternate use for Side Bending Strap

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Verified Buyer


I actually bought this to use with sticky sided sandpaper. I use it to ensure nice even lines around inside and outside curves of my guitars. Match the curve of the edge of the guitar, then stick on your sandpaper. It works great! The flex is just perfect.

5.0

Smooth bend helper

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Verified Buyer


Using my heating iron I struggled to get smooth bends. The soft strap made it easier. I used a few metal paperclamps to keep the wood in place and a marker pen for the first side but with a little practice I did not need them. The strap reduced the water spraying needed to make the wood soft

5.0

the bendy thing

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Verified Buyer


i just finished bending sides for three new concert ukes using the stainless bending strap. No breaks, no splits, no problems- it holds the heat, supports the bending wood. A big advance in my bending technique

5.0

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


Once you figure out that wood bends better because the bending strap keeps in the moisture (as advertised) then even hard curly Maple bends much better and more quickly. I really think this is a valuable addition to your bending tools arsenal.

3.0

Side Bending Strap

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Verified Buyer


First time bending for me. Worked as advertised, but felt clumsy using it. It really seemed to just get in the way. I felt it was easier and you have more "feel" for what is going on without the strap. I was bending Indian Rosewood, but may help on more difficult/sharper bends or more difficult woods.

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