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  1. I used the method in the video Dziadeczek directed me to yesterday and what a success! I soaked the African walnut for 24 hours and used the bending technique in the video and I couldn't believe how easily it bent. Thanks again for the post Dziadeczek.
  2. Thanks for that Dziadeczek, that video has given me an idea on how to use my homemade plank bender (soldering iron with two sockets on it to dissipate the heat) in a different way that just may do the job. I will practice on some old hard wood piece I have and let you know how it goes a little later.
  3. Thanks for the replies again. The African walnut was supplied in the kit. I have been able to bend some ramin wood, supplied with the kit as the hull planks. They fit the sweeping 90 degree bend well. So, I'm tossing up whether to use ramin for all the hand rails and painting them mission brown.
  4. What I neglected to tell everyone is that the radius is a sweeping one of 90 degree and not a sharp one.
  5. Thanks everyone for you advice. To clarify, the wood strip is to be bent so it forms a 90 degree radius for the hand rail. I have used a softer wood and bent it successfully, but it is a light coloured wood which I was planning to then paint a dark brown. I had been toying with the idea of soaking the African walnut in very hot water and then trying to bend. I must admit, I have not seen the Aeropiccola plank bender before. I just have the one that resembles a pair of scissors; which finally broke the other day. I will buy some extra strips when I get the chance and perform different techniques as suggest. I tried to find a video on Youtube, but I couldn't find any on such a hard wood. Thanks again for all your advice. This is only my fourth ship and I am still learning heaps.
  6. I have African walnut 2mm X 6mm strips for the hand rails on an Oc Cre models the San Marcos. I need to bend the strips for a 90 degree bend. I tried bending by soaking and then applying heat and using a plank bender, but it will not bend. Can anyone advise me on how to bend the hardwood strip?

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