The video proves that every plank is a project in itself. I think that if he added some water in his heat bending it would have gone easier with the steam being created from his soldering iron and also possibly in the toaster overall as a starter. Just thoughts. PT-2
Did you used electric plug adaptor or transformator to convert current or put 240 V on it ?My first attempt as a “novice“ builder was to cut out a template of the curve required for the planks, soak the planks overnight and then let them dry clamped to the cut out form. Since I really didn’t know what I was doing it worked for me.
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Recently I graduated to this tool.
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I had to adapt it to USA voltage and after a bit of a learning curve find it does quite the job. It’s sold by Kolderstok.
I also have done compound bends in two axis generations and that seems to work OK with what I have had to do so far. . . nothing tight or radical, just longer sweeping bends. PT-2HI ALL, I GOT THE SAME THING FROM KOLDERSTOCK BUT JUST THE FITTINGS AND AS HEIRICH SAID ATWALL MART A SOLDERING IRON THAT WORKS WITH THE HEADS, WILL TRY IT FOR DRYING GLUE ON VENNER PLANKS, ON THE LEUDO' GOD BLESS STAY SAFE DON
I got a 30W soldering iron from Walmart and used the the parts from the Kolderstok iron. Even with an 240 volt adapter I don't think the the bender would get hot enough. PLANK BENDER, this post explains what I did.Did you used electric plug adaptor or transformator to convert current or put 240 V on it ?
I'm not familiar with Hakko tools, but if the tips fit the same way as they do into the Walmart iron, (there are holding screws at the tip of the iron) it might work??Thanks you Jan. Someone knows if the tips could be used with Hakko standard ?
I too, like Brian use a similar tool. I've tried the soldering irons with the adapters and molds and soaking and clamping to the hull. I take a contour tool to get the shape of the hull then "eyeball" transfer it to this tool.Up to what thickness of plank will it bend?
Where would you find one?I too, like Brian use a similar tool. I've tried the soldering irons with the adapters and molds and soaking and clamping to the hull. I take a contour tool to get the shape of the hull then "eyeball" transfer it to this tool.
I've found that this tool will handle any bending job I give it.
As far as how well it will do the job really depends on 3 things, thickness of the planking, wood type of the planking and finally the severity of the curve in the ship's bow. Softer woods are more malleable, harder woods less so. I've never had any trouble bending even 90 degrees over a 6-10 cm ever. I have had to soak harder woods longer in hot water, up to 60 minutes. BUT the aspect of this tool that I love is, depending on the width of your planking, you can bend up to 6 planks at once AND it is a passive tool!!! Unlike other planking tools that you have to actively work. Once you put your planks in this tool and wait for them to dry, you can get back to doing other things on your model. I'd rather put 6 planks in this thing and go work on something else for 2 hours than sit there for 2 hours bending planks Also, if you don't want to wait for them to air dry, you can hit them with a heat gun or hair dryer to speed things up. But I rather let them air dry and work on something else as we all know how monotonous planking can get.
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Hi Patrick,Where would you find one?
Hi Ian. No specific tools are necessary, and heat is not necessary, it's up to you. I would personally recommend making your own jig, soaking and setting. Again this is personal but I would avoid proprietary plank benders like the plague.Hi,
It won't be long until I'll be starting to plank my Santisima Trinidad and what I've noticed is that unlike my two previous builds the planking on this one is thick, so I was wondering what you guys would advise as to which bender would give the best results.