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Can you put wet planks in the microwave to aid in bending?


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Soak them, the wrap in a wet (not dripping) paper towel. It will depend upon the power level of the microwave for the amount of time needed.   Test on some scrap if at all possible, first.   The basic problem though, is the length of the planks and I suggest using the turntable to evenly distribute the microwave energy.

 

Oh.. and get the Admiral's okie-dokie lest you be consigned to picking oakum and eating bread and water.  ;)

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Philo426 - this sounds like a disaster for one of those women!

I have tried the microwave method with planks in paper towels and also in bowls of water.  My only problem is when trying to do a longer plank than will fit.  I have found tall, skinny vases filled with hot water from a tea pot of coffee maker work great.  Once soaked I clamp the plank into a wooden mold that came with a starter model ship tool kit.  I gave up on the plank bender that came with the kit.  I ended up just scorching the plank each time.

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Phil,

 

As has been said many times before.... go buy your own curling iron.  The Admirals don't appreciate us messing with their "tools".  Better yet, find the one of the Admiral's you want and go buy her the new one and swap.  Small price to pay for "peace in our time".  ;)

 

Ulises is correct.  For hardwoods, they need soaking.  Exceptionally hardwoods like ebony will need repeated soakings and bendings.

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Secondly, buy your own curling iron, they are not expensive and comes with different diameters. I have got two for less than 30 dollars which I can regulate the heat on.

The latest style but much more expensive is the steaming curling iron.

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I agree with Mark. curling iron is the way to go.  

1. You can control to ultimate shape easier,

2. Much quicker than using microwave or plank bender,

3. Much easier to correct an incorrect bend.

 

Main thing to remember is to slowly close the curler on tight bends so the wood won't splinter.

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very impressive! But would it work with the type of wood we use? Also, you would need a big microwave to accommodate 24"+ timber! When (if)! I start my Endeavour, I am going to try the Admirals steam cleaner Ssshh!  no that's not the sound of escaping steam !

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3 or 4 inch pvc pipe at a 24" length can be used really well, make a stand and use a clean out plug to make a top you can close.

 

the top can push the strips down into the water and a good hot water soak for 10 minutes will work great. I will try and run a small batch just enough strips to do a bit and then I take a break while I start the next batch.

for less than 24" strips a large drink pitcher like you put tea or cool aide in can also work great.   with that I have taken butter knives and rubber bands as a way to pull the strips down into the water to soak them. 

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