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Koentopp Cutaway Bender Update

After a few years working with this bender I decided to add a counterweight to the system. The weight hangs from the two stainless steel slats to keep constant tension on the wood and steel. I used to use my hands to apply pressure which was just silly. This addition really makes the process smooth, controllable, and quite consistent. I didnt do anything fancy really, I just took a half cinder block and mounted an eyelet through it and hung it from the slats which were joined with aluminum plates. As my daughter says “Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!”


















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