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 Post subject: Binding bending
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:34 am 
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Hi all. I have let too much time go by since my bindings were bent. The environment got to them. My bad. Anyway I need to touch them up on a bending iron. I first need to put together a bending iron. I plan on using a propane torch/ pipe bender with the instructions found in the book Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology. I think I can get one together that will work. Anyway, should I spray the insides of the binding with water and give it a go or should I soak them before bending? I hate to lose what bend I still have in the bindings and am concerned soaking them may do just that. Also should I tape them edge to edge and do them all at one time? I have never bent wood before so any feed back as far as a bender and the process would really be appreciated. Oh yeah, I am building from a kit. It is a KMG kit and has been a real pleasure thusfar. Thanks for any help. Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Binding bending
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 12:19 pm 
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Pictures? Spring back is normal when you don't stick them in a mold or containment device. That's a KMG "D" right -- doubt you need to do anything, maybe spritz them and tape to the rim, or place in the mold. I think making that your first hand bending project will likely "make you sad."

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 Post subject: Re: Binding bending
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Thanks Ken. I think you are right about the first time bending. I am chuckling to myself as I tend to get in over my head sometimes. I will spritz them and tape to the body. Clearly they were bent perfectly when i received the kit. It is your Modern D kit. I have to say that if anyone is sitting on the fence as to which company they should purchase a kit from you will not be sorry if you purchase a KMG Kit. Though I am a beginner I have built a kit from another company and my KMG kit wins hands down. Will be ordering another one soon to build for my grand-daughter.


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 Post subject: Re: Binding bending
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 1:57 pm 
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I agree with Ken, bending binding on a pipe is harder to get them right then bending the sides, IMHO.
You should be able to get them into shape as suggested. When I bend bindings in my fox style bender, they come out of the bender and go directly inside the mold, taped in place until I use them on the guitar.

Kevin


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 Post subject: Re: Binding bending
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:18 pm 
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Thanks to you too Kevin. As a beginner I truly appreciate you veteran builders sharing your experience and techniques.


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 Post subject: Re: Binding bending
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:28 pm 
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Ken and Kevin, I spritzed my bindings and taped them to the rim for a few hours. It worked perfectly. Thanks. Jon


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