- September 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm #79353riczalewskiParticipant
Hello John and hello to other luthiers in this forum.
This time around I am going to use mahogany for the sides and I am wondering what would be the approximate temperature for it. I am using the Kenovo heating strap and a the bending jig similar to yours. I am planning to wet the sides a little like I did with the Blackwood last time unless you or someone with experience with mahogany sides recommends against it due to stains or other problems.
Please let me know what you think, I will wait comments before I proceed.
Thanks in Advance
RicSeptember 9, 2020 at 8:37 am #79354jsbguitarsSite Owner
The flash point for wood is just above 400 degrees so as long as you keep it below that you should be ok. I actually don’t know what the temperature is when bending but my guess is its around 375. If you are laminating which I hope you are, they will be easier to bend when they are thin. Mahogany can be brittle, it depends on the mahogany. You also don’t need to bend them accurately for laminating so you won’t need to cinch the waist down all the way.
Hope this helps,
JohnSeptember 11, 2020 at 11:12 pm #79363riczalewskiParticipant
Thanks John, I am going to be extra cautious to avoid what happened in my first ever bending. I charred the Tasmanian Blackwood beyond repair.
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