Like the idea of making my own bending irons. Woulod you be kind enough to oblige with some details, i.e. OD of copper tube and if possible, links to a source of suitable heaters?
Would appreciate greatly.
Hi Dave --- Since I originally posted this question I have made perchase on an electric bending iron and I can say it does a great job of doing what needs to be done.
I would say that before that I did a bunch of things to bend side wood for guitars/ECT. with various success.
in this case I say experiment and I bid you well.
I made my bending iron 40 years ago out of a copper 6 inch pipe and mashed it
to a tear drop shape with 4 different curves, soddered the ends in with a charcoal
starter for heat and have used all these years. I since made a copy of Foxs bender
and don't use the copper one but for custom bending, A while back I used it to
bend one side for a Gibson side and had things all done and went to the house
and called it a night. I have a bad habit of hitting things with my hand and dusting it off and you guessed it right
I did it to my hot bender it took several weeks to heal my palm up! I never forgot to turn it off and I don't dust with my hand any more!
A wiser Ron now!!