Uke Bender In Action

February 18, 2011

The cutaway ram has been installed on the new uke side bender, and I’m ready to test some bending.

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I have koa sides which I errantly tried to bend in the full sized bender, which cracked and burned and did not accept a full bend which I will run through this new bender to check.

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I will test some new theories, practice the steps, make amends, then check the results before bending some virgin side plates.

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After the initial bending, I will let cool, then reheat again, then let cool before releasing from the mold.

Uke Side Bender

February 13, 2011

Finished the side bender for uke sides.  Awaiting the delivery of the cutaway ram, which will be used to clamp down the waist.

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