LumberJocks

Homemade Guitar "Side" Bending Iron

  • Advertise with us
Project by DMiller posted 02-16-2018 02:04 AM 2413 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a homemade Guitar Side Bending Iron, made for bending guitar sides. I really wasn’t up to paying the $200 for one from Stewmac; this one cost around $40, $30 of which was the pipe cost. It is heated by what will be a 60w (or higher wattage) light bulb, as soon as I can get around to buying/ finding a slim enough one to fit inside the tube. (As of now it has been running off of a 40w bulb…it works but takes around 30 minutes to heat up.) It is constructed from 2in wide by 8in tall galvanized pipe. The base is made of oak and mahogany.

A special thanks to the following LJ’s members for helping me on this project:
Loren- for advising me not to buy a steam bending kit
Tennessee- for his advice on steam bending kits
And the many others who have given me help on this subject- thank you for your help.

Thanks for looking- if you are interested in this design for bending wood in general, I encourage you to use it!
Thanks again,
Dale Miller

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."





8 comments so far

View Tennessee's profile

Tennessee

2893 posts in 2713 days


#1 posted 02-16-2018 12:42 PM

Dale, I would have never thought of that. Very interesting!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

View BFamous's profile

BFamous

185 posts in 319 days


#2 posted 02-16-2018 01:56 PM

This is a great idea Dale! I’m just starting down the path of trying to build my own guitar (well, first my own jigs for building my own guitar), so this is extremely relevant for me.
I’d love to hear how well it works for you!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

View DMiller's profile

DMiller

434 posts in 672 days


#3 posted 02-16-2018 05:37 PM

Thanks for the comments and encouragement!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

View fivecodys's profile

fivecodys

1223 posts in 1835 days


#4 posted 02-16-2018 05:58 PM

They used to use oblong light bulbs in aquarium hoods. Maybe that would fit?
Clever idea by the way!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

View DMiller's profile

DMiller

434 posts in 672 days


#5 posted 02-16-2018 07:15 PM

Thanks fivecodys!
I would like to mention that this was not my idea- I just used the light bulb method with a different pipe method.
Thanks for the encouragement!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

View Chris Cook's profile

Chris Cook

326 posts in 2480 days


#6 posted 02-16-2018 10:42 PM

Very neat!! I just made one recently myself. I used a charcoal starter and a temperature controller. I was going to use a lightbulb and then found the charcoal starter! Works great! Good luck on wood bending!

Message me, maybe wqe can collaborate!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

View Woodknack's profile

Woodknack

12430 posts in 2579 days


#7 posted 02-17-2018 01:05 AM

Neighbor started with the bulb but went to sticking a Torch in the bottom.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View mikeacg's profile

mikeacg

715 posts in 1256 days


#8 posted 02-17-2018 11:31 AM

Dale,

Hard to believe that a light bulb would get hot enough but I love the simple design. Hope to try building acoustics one day soon.

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com