Problem Bending Mahogany Sides

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Charlie S, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Charlie S

    Charlie S New Member

    Oct 24, 2018
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    I just attempted to bend some Mahogany sides, with a cutaway, thickened to .87-.90 in a Fox style bender. When I took them out there were what I can only describe as "wrinkles" at the waist and cutaway on the outside. It also occurred on the inside at the on the adjacent part of the cutaway. I wrapped the sides in foil with a light spritzing of water, slat-wood-heating blanket-slat, started to bend around 250 degrees then cooked around 350 for 5 minutes then cooled and removed. I used the LMI temperature controller. Does anybody know what happened to cause this. I bent a second piece with same results. These are practice sides from LMI, I believe they are Mahogany.
  2. bruce bennett

    bruce bennett Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
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    Chattanooga TN
    the woods not wet enough.

    You should build a steam box .

    I've never had good results with the Fox dry bending system.

    steam bent woods will bend like a noodle. and they stay put much better
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018

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