Side Bending Strap

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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.


Product Instructions

Bending Sides With a Bending Iron

An introduction to bending wood using a Bending Iron.

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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.


side bending strap


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I bought the bending strap with my new bender from Stewmac. The wood I used to bend did not really need the strap except for when I did the cutaway. However on trickier timbers, I am sure the strap would come in very useful. I'm pleased I bought it.


Great Addition!!


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The side bending straps really do make bending sides a bit easier! I have recently used them on some really tricky highly figured Brazilian Rosewood, and feel that they just give that extra bit of help when more pressure needs to be applied

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 23 See Side Bending Strap
on page 23 of our StewMac Digital Catalog