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How about these bindings - darn Wisconsin humidity.

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Got these from lmi last month and they've been in the box they came in, resting on a stickered top. This morning i looked at them and not a one is straight.

The bottom one in the pic is starting to form an 's' shape - its' pretty bad. I thought that I had good air circulation around them but I guess i was wrong. I probably have 2-3 weeks before I need to bend/install these, are they going to straighten back out? What to do?

In the mean time, I've started to carve my top braces. Here they are after glue-up.


May 08, 10 | 10:24 am
Ken Hundley

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If they don't, then bend the "bent" one to match the curve of the back towards the neck...should have a fairly simple time getting it to fit then.

May 08, 10 | 7:07 pm
Ken C

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Do you use a Fox style bender? If so, use masking tape to tape the four pieces together. Tape them flat, side by side, not stacked. Put your straightest pieces to the outside, so your crooked pieces are to the inside. You may have to add a few extra tape wraps nearest the warps to bring the pieces tight together. When taped together, hopefully your combined pieces from one straight assembly. Put them in your bender and bend all at the same time. When you pull them from the bender, you should be good to go.

I am a day or two ahead of you, I carved braces Friday and closed up the box on an EIR OM today. You are more adventuresome than I am with bracing. I do a lot of preshaping on my bandsaw and belt sander prior to gluing the braces on the soundboard--saves me a lot of whittling later. Is that a Koa top?


May 08, 10 | 7:30 pm

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Darren' I'm in Waukesha...Where is ya..It was nicier here back in april than now. I'm trying to spray and it is still below 70* ..I bent mine on a pipe with a torch, you can bend them anyway you want, so you should be good no matter what.....Dave

May 09, 10 | 5:51 am

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Thanks for the advice guys.

Dave, down in Williams Bay. :)

Ken C, I don't have a fox bender, just a Charcoal Lighter/Pipe setup, but it works great. I'm most concerned with being able to snug the binding down tight in the channel if it stays at this shape. Putting that one on the back might help, but it has warped in several curves, not one smooth one. Only one way to find out, right?

Yep, that's a koa top; here's my 'after' shot, after a few hours. Still need to do some clean-up sanding.

I might eventually do some brace pre-shaping but for now I'll glue them up square and take a chisel to them. It's not without a few nicks to the top, but I'm still new to this.

May 09, 10 | 6:27 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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That isn't a big deal. You will be surprised at how much of that will be able to set into the channel. Note that all the geometry of the back may have some gaps that you will have to fill.
I break the inside corners of the binding so I get a better fit to the routed cut

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

May 09, 10 | 7:52 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Just a word of encouragement regarding those bindings. Mine have looked the same. I tape the four bindings together, and bend them on a pipe. You will be surprised to find that for the most part, they will straighten out, and as you tape them into the channels, they will conform. At least that is what I have found to be the case. Give it a try, I think they will turn out fine.
Nice job so far on the braces too.


May 09, 10 | 8:34 pm

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Your good with a chisel, it came out pretty nice. Koa top I can't wait to hear her when it's done...who no's maybe we'll hook up someday

May 10, 10 | 12:42 am

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