I'm new here, so I'll just introduce myself. My name is Gage, now that that's done...
I'm building a new Side Bender, and I just wanted to get some advice from those of you using the Fox Universal style benders. After watching the Taylor factory tour videos on Youtube, I started to imagine a whole new side bender utilizing much of the same features found in the Taylor bender (albeit without all the automation.) Up 'til now I've used a Fox bender with light bulbs (never tried the silicone heat blankets) and I'm wondering if anyone's used silicone rollers for the upper and lower bout cauls? I've talked to a roller manufacturer, and they can produce a heated roller, which seemed like an interesting bender feature. Does anyone see a possible benefit from having what is essentially a heated caul that rolls smoothly over the bouts, rather than the typical hard wood? Also, because of the heated rollers rigidity, you could build a single sided bender that would allow faster, easier set up of the pre-bent sides.
I'm basically throwing this out to see if there are any obvious flaws in my theory...
G. B. Halland
Also, any suggestions on where to get extension springs for a Fox Bender? All my local hardware stores are no longer carrying them.
Tags: Bender, Fox, Side, silicone, springs
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