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Bending Iron

Bending Iron

Bending Iron Domestic, 120-volt

Domestic, 120-volt

Item # 0689
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$246.51

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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.


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Bending Sides With a Bending Iron

An introduction to bending wood using a Bending Iron.

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4.0

Give me more power

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Took an hour + to get up to temp. Don't spare the horses. Get a more robust heating element. I want to go from prep to bending in 20 minutes. It's all about power, amps and circuit breaker capacity. Don't assume my power supply is the weak link. Give me more power.

5.0

Worked perfectly

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Verified Buyer


After watching a few YouTube videos, I was off and running bending sides. Excellent product. Built a simple table to work on.

5.0

Maple sides bended with ease

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Had no trouble bending maple sides for an archtop.

5.0

A Great Bending Iron (and a tip)

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I bought this bending iron when my old one died. I like the larger size of this one and the also got the violin/mandolin attachment.

A tip- I bend some fillets and purflings edge-wise. For half-edging on lutes and early guitars. Take a small washer and screw it between the bending iron and the violin attachment- voila! you've got a slot to bend your purfling in.

4.0

Bending iron works well, but

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The IBEX bending iron works as designed. I was able to bend all the side wood for a mandolin build with little trouble. Once it reached optimum bending temperature it stayed there, but it took an hour to get there.

5.0

120v bending iron

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I’m happy with the overall quality of my new Bender, I think it’s going to perform well

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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Verified Buyer


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.

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