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Glen
#1 Posted : 04 July 2010 13:48:28

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Hi,
Can anyone explain to me how you use the plankbender sent in the toolbox
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#2 Posted : 04 July 2010 14:35:24

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Laugh Hi Glen one jaw has a blade the other is flat so as not to mark the side of the plank u will see

place plank in jaws and squeeze (crimp)this will put a cut on the inside face of the plank that u will be offering against the hull (harder u squeeze deeper the cut)

the closer the cuts are too each other the greater the bend in the plank u can achieve (in theory)

not needed for thin planks like launch more for the hull as thicker

Confused whether u need to soak the planks 1st not sure maybe one of the experienced guys can help here

as we will probably only recieve enough planks for the job not leaving much room for error/practise
i would reccommend purchasing some strips of planking for playing with to get used to or reaquainted with the tool
hope this helps
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#3 Posted : 04 July 2010 14:48:47

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Thanks for that, better get it back out of the dustbinBigGrin Laugh
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#4 Posted : 04 July 2010 15:05:33

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If I can just add to what Budgie has said. I have a similar plank bender which I have used in the past. If you are attempting a small radius curve, the fibres on the outside will have a tendency to split/splinter if the wood is dry. I would strongly suggest that you soak the planks first, then fibres tend to follow the curvature that you are trying to achieve.

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#5 Posted : 17 April 2013 06:08:37

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Just my thoughts and experience...
If you are going to use the supplied plankbender, the best thing I have read to do, is to pull the blade out and turn it round so that you now have a thin flat blade rather than a pointed one. Much easier to use and far less breaks. ;-)
My favorite tool by far ( to date ) is my trusty plank bending jig. Fully adjustable and can bend up to 5 planks at a time. Simply soak the planks for 30 mins and slowly bend them into shape round the jig. Leave to dry completely and bingo. A few tweeks with the supplied plankbender here and there and Bobs your uncle ;-)
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Glen wrote:
Hi,
Can anyone explain to me how you use the plankbender sent in the toolbox
Thank youConfused



This is just my opinion from having used it....
put it in a bag and drop it in the binBlink then get yourself a soldering iron or electric plank benderLaugh soak or better still steam your planks first ( I use a babies bottle steriliser to steam them).BigGrin

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#7 Posted : 17 April 2013 08:48:07

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Hi Sean,

Did you make the jig yourself?

Looks very useful.

Wilfy
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#8 Posted : 17 April 2013 09:10:35

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Having tried just about every technique in the book on plank bending,I think I have sussed it.Buy a cheap kettle fill with water and actually put the end to be curved in the kettle through the spout(remove any mesh or filter from the spout).Boil once for mild bends and leave ten mins for mild bends or three times at ten min intervals for severe bends.Three boils and the wood is pliable like rubber,with care you will be amazed at how tight a bend the wood will take clamp in position and allow to dry(wood will dry quicker than if you just soaked it in water.Short planks can be simply dropped in the kettle,boil and then poor the water out to retrieve.If you decide to use the kitchen kettle be warned walnut turns the water yellow as my wife had noticedLOL LOL LOL LOL
Regards Nigel
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Wilfy the Sea Dog wrote:
Hi Sean,

Did you make the jig yourself?

Looks very useful.

Wilfy


Hi Wilfy,
No, I got it from Hobbytools....

http://www.hobbytools.com.au/plank-forming-jig/

Sean
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