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Old 02-11-2016, 10:08 AM   #29
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Kip - if you were to make new banana wraps what type of aluminum would you suggest using?
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Old 02-11-2016, 06:30 PM   #30
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I'd use 6061-0, it will work harden the more it's worked so it may have to be annealed a couple of times. A good English Wheel would help too.
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:36 PM   #31
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Not too bad for using just my bare hands!!

Well... And some help from cave man tools. Kip, you were right. The metal is very maluable. This is the street side banana wrap from my last picture after banging on it for a few hours with a small rubber/plastic mallet and a wooden block I gig sawed to the same shape of an outrigger. Also used the back side of a rubber sanding block and pounded it on the backside with the front up against a gallon ziplock bag full of lentils. Saw that somewhere here on the forums. Worked pretty well!

If I had access to an English wheel, I'd run this one through a few times to get the little bumps out, but to be honest... It's way better than it was, and that's good enough for me!

The other one will definitely need a patch job! Click image for larger version

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Old 02-11-2016, 11:19 PM   #32
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That's pretty darn near good! Wow that looks awesome compared to what it use to look like
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