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#1 posted 01-18-2018 08:04 PM

If you decide you need some bending straps for steam bending, a cheap way to make your owns is with a roll of steel flashing. you can get a 6” x 10’ roll for under $10 at home depot. Get some tin snips and cut to the width and length that you need and attach some wood blocks at each end with some short screws. Use some leather gloves while cutting it to keep from slicing your hands and use a file to deburr the edges.

For guitar making, a bending iron sounds like the way to go. Here a video for making one on the cheap using a halogen or incandescent light bulb and a bulb socket like you would get to repair a lamp ( buy an old lamp at a garage sale). You just need to find a piece of pipe of appropriate diameter. You just need a short scrap of pipe so check with local metal supplies or welding shops. If you tell them what you are doing, they may let you have it and weld it for you cheap or even free.

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