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Easy DIY way to straighten a bowed reedplate?
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29 posts
Jul 17, 2021
10:20 AM
So I have this bow on a very old reedplate that I put in boiling water years ago...

I have seen "claws" on Rockin Ron that focus bending power to a reedplate, but it's like 70 bucks and not including another 30-40 for international shipping, so a big no no.

Is there a nice DIY trick or simple Amazon tool that can achieve the same thing, even if a bit harder?

In my mind I want to pad up a couple of 5" flat pliers (without serration) and just grab the plate from both ends and bend as need be... but figured I would ask before :)

Thanks very much :)

Last Edited by Millman500 on Jul 17, 2021 10:21 AM
6991 posts
Jul 17, 2021
5:53 PM
Joe Spiers said he uses pliers
6992 posts
Jul 17, 2021
5:54 PM
I would practice a bit on something non critical first
30 posts
Jul 18, 2021
12:40 AM
Thanks Superbee!
Yep, I always practice on blown plates

Will this pair do?


Or just flat without the nylon:


Last Edited by Millman500 on Jul 18, 2021 12:41 AM
31 posts
Jul 18, 2021
6:15 AM
Oh no, wait, I think I need ones with 3-4mm wide needles so that I can work between reeds without damaging anything, right?
2994 posts
Jul 18, 2021
5:33 PM
ā€œ Joe Spiers said he uses pliersā€

Does Filisko use Crisco?
6993 posts
Jul 18, 2021
7:59 PM
yep, i don't know but i reckon just the common sense things; avoid aggressive tools which will mark up the surfaces and choose appropriate sizes.

Gnarly, Thanks for noticing my rhyme. I havent heard Joe discuss his use of Crisco. I'd take the risk though.
2995 posts
Jul 18, 2021
8:38 PM
Next time I see him, I'll ask him to play "Shortnin' Bread" LOL
10358 posts
Jul 19, 2021
9:20 AM
I wonder if a seemer would work...

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