||01-20-2008 12:27 PM
On Right Track....Almost!
OK, I just happened upon your question and the corresponding thread. It just so happens I live in the same town as you & I just happen to own Solar Screen Works http://www.solarscreeworks.net You are right, the spline channel WILL collapse in the wood frame jig.
With 30 years experience in window and screen manufacturing I can assure you you must have a screen frame bender to bend frame properly. You can purchase one for around $950.00 online from various dealers or from me for about $895.00 with free shipping and no tax. The problem is the wheels are nylon & are easily ruined if you aren't familiar with it's use. Also, the wheels are specific to aluminum frame size and manufacturer stock, so buying a bender doesn't always ensure a perfect bend or that you may ruin the nylon wheel after your first attempt to use it.
May I suggest you call me to see if I can help you with your problem. I am sure that I can make your screen, with a lifetime warranty included for a VERY good price. You can buy screens for much cheaper than you can make them because of the volume pricing on supplies we order.
Call me and I'll do whatever I can to help you out. I have the BEST selection of frame and Textilene material on the market.