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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bending sides

After a really nice weekend at the summer house I decided to bend the sides for the ash resonator. Li helped me to take pictures. 

The ash bends easily. I keep the wood moist but not soaked. I find the moisture helps me bend, but I'm not really sure if it's the better distribution of heat or if it is the moisture in itself. But who cares as long as it works, right?

I don't use a mold or form since the skeleton is enough for checking progress. A two piece rim is easier to fit than a one piece, but the joint at the lower end is a bit tricky. We'll get back to that. 

When both halves were done I clamped them to the skeleton with a rubber tube. I might use that for the glueing as well but I need to cut the sides down to height first otherwise the tube will crack the overhanging bits. 

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