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Bending Wood Binding Over a Hot Pipe

Bending wood around a guitar outline is a rewarding step in guitar making. It is a process that forces the woodworker to get to know a piece of wood very well. It takes time to develop the feel of how a piece of wood responds to heat and pressure. For me, bending wood over a hot iron is a fun puzzle. Starting at one end and conforming the piece of wood to fit into a shape. This video is sped up so it doesn’t bore you to death, but in reality it takes me about 6-8 minutes to bend the cutaway binding by hand. It then dries in a mold for a few hours to set its shape. You’ll see that I also put the wood and mold together on the pipe, this just further sets the wood to the mold.

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