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Old 04-02-14, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I would love to see a picture down the centerline, it looks better than I figured.

While it's common to see wood fail in tension, it's a lot easier to stretch it than to compress it. I think most guitar builders have more problem with compression than actually breaking due to too much tension
You have that backwards. Bent wood compresses on the inside of the curve, it doesn't stretch on the outside. That's why support straps of metal are used in most steam bending applications. That forces all the deformation to happen on the compression side. Wood on the outside can only stretch about 1% before it fails.
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