about steam bending, and it sounds like it would be easier to build a steam box
than build and learn to use any kind of bender. Can I steam bend the sides?
bending works on thick pieces of wood because a thick piece of wood holds the
heat for long enough to get it clamped into shape. Thin wood like guitar sides
won't hold the heat long enough, and will cool before you finish getting it
clamped into your mold. Side benders work well because they supply constant heat
during the bending process. We promise that with bending the sides over or in a
bender really isn't that hard with a bit of practice. Really!