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Can anyone recommend the most suitable thickness for slats to use with a side-bending machine? I have ordered stainless Spring steel slats in 0.6mm. I've since read that thicker slats support the sides better. Does anyone have an opinion on this!?
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Mine are 1 mm stainless spring steel. I've used them for 23 years now and they are still like new. Easy to clean and have never kinked or creased after hundreds of bends. I had bought two sets but gave one away after it became apparent that one set will last forever. Prior to those, I had thinner ones which seemed O.K. but needed replacing after a few years. I got these from a sheet metal supplier who suggested the heavier ones when I told him what I was using them for. They absolutely do provide better support. I sometimes bend some very difficult wood and I cannot remember when I last cracked anything. I think they may also help to reduce the rippling and/or cupping one sometimes gets across the sides with some materials.
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I bought a 6" x 100" roll of hard tempered 0.025" thick stainless (0.6mm) from McMaster Carr. That's enough for three slats at $38 for the roll. Just cut to desired length with tin snips and clean up the ends. I've used them for several guitars, and they are still springing back great.
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