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Luthiery Fun #5: Bending the Sides Part 2

1386 days ago by Chinitorama | 4 comments »

Here’s a shot of my bookmatched sides ready to be bent: Many luthiers shape an edge on each side with a compound curve before bending. This aids fitting the back and makes it a good idea to label everything before you get started. I’ll shape this edge after bending, but want to ensure the grain is as symmetrical as possible from bass to treble sides of the finished instrument.Bending begins at the waist and I’ve marked this location approximately 14” from what will be the neck end. With my bending iron plugged in, the dial is turned to the middle setting. Yellow cedar is pale in colour so I have to be more aware of scorching than if I were using a dark tim...

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