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Ibex Iron Mods


C.B.Fiddler
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I learned how to bend ribs on my violin makers 30 yr old custom made steel goliath. Since buying the Ibex, I have had difficulty - not just with the user-unfriendly shape, but with how the general design differs from what I learned with.

I decided to adust it so that I may use it horizontally. I relocated the switch to the bottom, used model wood to plug the 2.5" switch hole, and drilled out an additional clamp hole.

Here's what I learned on:

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Here are my adjustments:

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Ibex pics for those who want to know what it looks like apart:

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Hi Matt,

It surprised me too. Particularly because I have had it less than a year and it has been used rather infrequently. Any suggestions on how to improve?

Also, would you be opposed to showing us your modification? I know that Stewart MacDonald offers an iron with a threaded insert that accepts a cylinder for tighter curves. Is this what you use?

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C.B.Fiddler

I know that Stewart MacDonald offers an iron with a threaded insert that accepts a cylinder for tighter curves. Is this what you use?


I did have that mounted on my Ibex for a while. I had to drill and tap the 1/4-20 threaded hole for it. It helped, but I much prefer my design.

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I have never understood why most pictures of bending irons shown them mounted horizontally.

Unless one is 4ft 8" tall, this is a very inefficient position because the rib is being bent down with 2 legs dropping towards the floor or across with one end below and one above the iron.

I much prefer the iron to be veritcal and bend the 2 ends of the rib towards the body - one moves around around the iron, as necessary, to achieve the appropriate curves.

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Originally posted by: Janito

I have never understood why most pictures of bending irons shown them mounted horizontally.

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You have a good point regarding the height, but I still like it horizontal. I positioned my iron so that the rib is bent parallel to the floor - as my teacher's is - not perpendicular as the Stew-Mac pic shows.

Matt,

Sorry to make you repeat yourself - I remember that thread!

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