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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.

Tip: Bending wood successfully requires practice, and 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.

The Bending Iron's highest temperature is approximately 500° (good bending temperature is between 350° and 400°). A surface thermometer placed on the aluminum iron is the best way to monitor the temperature.

To bend 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.

#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

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I have been using this bending iron for over 20 years now and it has never let me down. I can't understand some of the comments that say it doesn't get hot enough. I bend mostly dulcimer sides out of quartersawn air dried walnut and spray with water as needed. It bends beautifully at a temperature setting a little over 4, which is approximately 260-280 degrees. For woods like curly koa, rosewood, curly maple, etc., I have better results soaking in hot water for about 10 minutes and they bend just fine with occasionally spraying with a little water as needed, at just a little higher temperature setting. Most of these woods are kiln dried which tend to make them brittle and need soaking. My dulcimers also have solid linings made of basswood, which I freehand bend at the same temperature, only spraying with water. Yes, the bender takes a little time to heat up; but I find the heat is constant and the iron holds it well. It's not suppose to bend a side instantly. I've had good luck with sides for guitar and mandolin as well. My bender is an older version and the only thing I wish it had was the attachment for small bends. Other than that, I only wish I had purchased it 34 years ago when I began building. Best investment in a luthier tool I ever made.

4.0

A needed product

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You need this product for touch up bending work etc. Could be a little larger but works well enough at this size.

5.0

Works just fine!

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I have bought this bending iron (220 Volt version) a few years back (2008) and it works just fine, no complaints so far (except first signs of disintegrating insulating pad at the base).

I have read repeatedly of poor performance regarding heating up speed (like 20 minutes or so) and/or max. (insufficient) temperature that could be reached. I can NOT confirm such shortcomings which maybe are due to some "Monday morning production" heating elements.

My iron takes about 8 minutes until reaching working temp. (water drops on the top will jump off the iron as sizzling balls) and will hold it at setting 4 (scale goes from Lo - 2 - 6 - High) or for some woods even less. Holds temperature within a pretty narrow range.

5.0

Too Easy!

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I just finished my first bend using highly figured maple. The instructions say it is difficult to bend figured maple but I found it almost too easy. I have a background in metal working and bending. I found that it bent wood very similar to metal. Just spritz the side your bending and apply light pressure and watch it go. Awesome wood bender. 5 star from me.

4.0

bending iron for binding

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I bought this about 5 months ago. Finally used it. I mainly use it for bending my wood bindings. It did take a little while to heat up, but theres plenty to do in the shop, so Just plan ahead! I threaded a smooth shank bolt into the end so I could get the super tight radius that I need. 1/4 " to be exact. And on walnut, it worked great! Patience is all thats needed in bending wood. slow and steady will get it done!

4.0

Great execution but Needs Improvement

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This bending iron is great. It takes about 20 minutes to heat up but once it is fully heated, it keeps a constant temperature. Proper planing to uniform thickness on sides and pre soaking in hot water is pivotal for proper bending. The iron itself is not cylindrical, but rather an upside down teardrop. This allows for tighter bending on aggressive curves.

The only issue I have with this is that the mounting holes are circular, which is difficult to clamp. When attaching it to my workbench, I really had to crank down with some C Clamps to be able to get it stabilized on the bench.

Overall, I would recommend this item to someone who wants a consistent and reliable means to manually bend sides.

3.0

Disappointing Quality

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The heat and control work fine but the tapped hole for the small mandolin component was not properly threaded. The hole was full of metal chips and the thread edges were bent indicating that a bottom tap was not used to clean up the threads. The bolt provided was cheap Chinese junk with very poor threads. I expected better.

4.0

Bending Iron

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I ordered a bending iron from Stewmac because it looked slightly better than the alternative I was looking at from another company. I was planning on purchasing my bending iron and a couple of other small items from Stewmac and the rest of my gear from somewhere else.

However when my bending iron arrived, there was slight damage to thread on the mandolin attachment. I could have used the iron as it was but was worried that I might have problems in the future if I keep screwing on and removing the mandolin attachment when I need it. I contacted Stewmac about various options. Without hesitation they sent me another iron that arrived in less than a week. They always answered my emails within a day or two and kept me well informed of progress.

When the bender arrived, I found it really easy to use and for my first bend, I successfully created a very nice cutaway. I found the iron doesn't stay at a constant temperature as well as I expected and took too long to heat up but I am pleased I bought it. In hindsight, I should have bought the temperature gauge at the same time as the iron. I bought the temperature gauge later and also bought the bending strap.

Because of Stewmac's fantastic customer service skills, I bought all the rest of my gear off them too.

4.0

Bending Iron

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This is a very useful and versatile tool, not just for bending guitar sides, but for making novelty items such as a back-scratcher anything else you can dream up. Very easy to use but can get very hot.

5.0

bending iron

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Fantstic piece of kit, i could have bought the same iron in the u.k but buying from Stewmac made so much sense, i saved at least ú50.00 buying from you guys compared with the u.k and that's including shipping and custom duty... just wish i could stop burning myself though, lol... :o)

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