As promised, some build-in-progress pictures.
This wood is labeled "lace" but I think it was called "Sheoak" in the ebay auction. I t came from Australia and was meant to be a guitar set. The guitar side broke in shipment but I had enough for top/back/sides for a soprano uke. I have no idea if this wood will make a good uke top, we'll just wait and see I guess.
Top/back are glued up bookmatched here and one set has been sanded.
The next pictures is the two side pieces, edge to edge, ready to go into the side bender. They're wet down and the grain is really gorgeous!
My first bend ever! The thermometer never got up were I wanted and expected so I just listened for cracking and slowing brought in the waist...
Here it is cooking in the bender. There is a 500 watt halogen bulb in there, seems to be plenty hot!
I let them sit in the bender all night and put them in my mold this morning. There is some trimming to do (on purpose) but it's looking great to me so far!
I'll add more pics when I make more progress.