Thanks for your advice. The grain is fairly straight where the bend will be the most at the waist. So far, I have made two guitars. The first was a dreadnought style with Bubinga back and sides. The second was a OM style with brazillian rosewood back and sides. In both cases, I soaked the sides overnight before doing the bending using my heating iron. I have seen where some folks do not soak the wood that much prior to bending. What is your experience with soaking vs not soaking?
Some woods need more steam than others....you have to know which but so far I don't think lengthy soaking
is the key but more application during hand bending for difficult woods.I boiled my first Ovangkol attempt and ruined every piece.Slow and frequent spray works best but the heat/bending jigs are more a no brainer and more consistant.
I bent some .090" bloodwood binding after soaking at 180 for 40 minutes (twice as long because I had heard about its difficulty)
First batch cracked half of them. Went super slow on the next and had better results. The cracked ones were completely dry inside. If I did it over again, I'd soak them for an hour. But I don't think I want to mess with it again...
Your ..090" bloodwood cracked because it wasn't really thin enough. .075: (or less) makes a big difference in flexibility. no soaking required, just mist, wrap in paper (or foil), and stick it in your bender. presto!