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Postby toypusher » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:38 pm

Yes, Please!!! 8)
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:14 pm

Okay Kerry,

I found a couple more photos for you...

This one...

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At the beginning of the laminating process... It all looks so easy... but I think I am going to have to add another set of clamps... one that presses the lamination against the table...

And then there is this one... it shows the waxed paper under the lamination, the offset screws in the pieces of dowel, and if you look really close, you'll see I need to do some serious sanding.... I should have used some kind of hold down clamps...

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Postby bg » Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:46 pm

Better than discovering that one side is slightly different than the other, even though they were built with the same template. I'm something like an 1/8" off. Least I'm the only one that'll know that it's there, and Since I'm not building to sell, no biggie.
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Postby PaulC » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:38 am

Mike that is looking good. Glad to see you found some hidden strength in it.. I had to go to work earlier, sorry. As for my question, I think what you have suggested will work along with sitting everything on top of the chassis and not continue it down the side.

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Postby toypusher » Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:39 am

mikeschn wrote:.....you'll see I need to do some serious sanding.... I should have used some kind of hold down clamps...

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Use something like this:

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Postby mikeschn » Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:30 am

I have some of those... hold on, let me grab a pic...

here ya go...

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But the clamps are so wide, that I can't get on the ratchet clamp inbetween the dowel pieces...

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Postby Arne » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:02 am

Mike I did something similar when I added the galley. The verticals screwed to the side of the tear had a 1/2" block to position 4 overlapping 1/4" thick pieces of pine, which were epoxied on one at a time... it worked ok, but given that all pieces were cut the same, it did not come out to the aircraft specs I was hoping for. Epoxy squeezed out and had to be sanded down. The 1/2" offset gave me the space for the 1/2" birch ply I cobbled onto the sides.

I rubbed candle wax on the jig pieces and it worked pretty well...

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Postby toypusher » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:13 am

Try using something hardwood like oak instead of the pine. You can then use 1" wide piece.
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Oh the games we play...

Postby mikeschn » Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:40 am

Oh the games we play with our woodworking tools...

Here's the swooshdrop for Dean...

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And here's a closeup of how the lamination turned out...

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Arn't you guys wondering how I got that so nice and clean and smooth?

Go on, take a couple guesses... I'll post the answer in a little while...

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Postby toypusher » Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:42 am

Planner??
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Postby Boodro » Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:59 am

Probably NOT a router!
I agree with Kerry , planner! 8)
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Postby mikeschn » Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:33 am

Okay, so that was too easy... a given! Here's the picture of profile going thru the planer...

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I've just started the 2nd profile... again, the first two strips are the trickest... Also, be sure that your first two strips are completely free of knots... otherwise the profile will want to change shape on you!

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Postby Miriam C. » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:22 pm

:thumbsup:
OK, What kind of strips and best kind of glue. Then I will sit back and watch with the rest of the groupies.

This looks easier than routing. Lot of clamps too.

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Postby mikeschn » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:33 pm

I bought 1x6s (#2 common pine) and ripped strips roughly 1/8" thick. Then I used Titebond III to glue the strips together. I really like Titebond III. It sets within 30 minutes, so I can move on to the next layer every 30 minutes.

I can have a swoosh side completely done in a day. :D

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Postby Chris C » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:35 pm

(Titebond III. :thumbsup: Three cheers for Mike. :applause: He knows what to use!) :yes:
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