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Postby mikeschn » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:45 pm

Kerry just asked for more pictures of my Ultralight construction... I've been gluing up laminations for 3 days now, and all I have to show for it is a couple swoosh drops...

Here's the pictures of one side, and the other side is similar...


In this picture you can see the part of the framing that is going to be above the door. The ultralight only has 1 door btw... The other side gets a window.
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In this picture you can see where the hatch begins... in other words, what you are looking at is the notch for the hatch insulation...
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And in this picture you can see where the hatch ends...
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Tomorrow I take the whole mess outside and run it thru the thickness planer! :snappy:

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Postby toypusher » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:50 pm

But they a very nice Swoosh drops!!! :thumbsup:
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Postby Guest » Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:34 pm

Mike,
Life size Swooshdrops for me???
Awww... You shouldn't have, but Thanks a bunch, When do they ship? :lol:
When Glen sees those, he's going to probably ask if you're ready to build a canoe... Them's some big stems you got there.
The picture of that going through a 12" wide thickness planer, is a great shot!... TURN LEFT!!! TURN LEFT!!!! :lol:
Just curious... Did you get any noticeable spring back when you took the Swoosh off of the form?
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:38 pm

Dean,

With the last two layers of lamination on, there was no springback at all.

I've now got the swooshdrop on the plywood side, ready for glue up...

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But before I can start gluing, I have to pull some wires for the marker lights, and whatever else I need. Once it's glued, there's no more wire pulling, at least not thru the sides...

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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:55 pm

Cut the groove in the bottom piece for the marker lights and taillights.

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Then I glued and clamped that bottom piece down.

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I'm done for today...

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Postby Micro469 » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:17 pm

Mike, are you insulating this puppy? Sure looks good. :thumbsup:
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:23 pm

No John,

This ultralight is uninsulated...

It's similar to Len's Slumbercoach, and Roly's lightweight... only this one doesn't have a frame per se. I'm trying to stretch the limits with this...

You want metal? This is just about all the metal you get...

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P.S. That vertical piece of angle? It's gonna get chopped of and thrown away... Why do you think I bought a portable bandsaw? :lol:
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Postby len19070 » Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:52 pm

Looks great Mike. Those "slats are great for running wires behind. I have them running all over the place in mine.
Must be a trend, my son & I are starting an ultra light, bear bones trailer ourselves. 4' wide & 6" 6" long so goes the name the "Route 66". 1 door, minimal galley and light weight. I'm thinkin' Harley Campin here.
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Postby Micro469 » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:56 pm

You using the swoosh technique for the hatch ribs too? Maybe make them now so they are the same as the sides.... just a thought....
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:01 pm

Micro469 wrote:You using the swoosh technique for the hatch ribs too? Maybe make them now so they are the same as the sides.... just a thought....
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I thought about that, but only briefly... swoosh laminations do not make a good hatch structure... I'll be using baltic birch, cut out with the jig saw for that...

But it's good to see you guys thinking about the options....

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Postby Guest » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:13 pm

mikeschn wrote:
Micro469 wrote:You using the swoosh technique for the hatch ribs too? Maybe make them now so they are the same as the sides.... just a thought....
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I thought about that, but only briefly... swoosh laminations do not make a good hatch structure... I'll be using baltic birch, cut out with the jig saw for that...

But it's good to see you guys thinking about the options....

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Mike,
Why don't you use a template and your router to make the ribs???
(Rough 'em into shape with the jig saw, then trim 'em into exact copies of one another with the router)
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:24 pm

Yea Dean,

I need to get a new guide bushing for the router... but then practice is a good idea... Might as well practice on them hatch ribs...

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P.s. Although I just bought some new jig saw blades from Dewalt, and they are really sweet. Cuts thru wood like butter, and a clean edge too!!! :o

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Postby Guest » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:31 pm

Top bearing flush trim bit, no guide... template on top. :thumbsup:


Or template on bottom with bottom bearing flush trim bit...
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:41 pm

the problem with either of those bits, is they require you to cut the full 3/4" at one pass... I'd like to be able to cut 1/4 inch per pass...

I tried the 3/4" per pass last summer, and cut about 2/3's of my plywood framing, before I broke the bit and buried it into the plywood.... :Oh Brother:

So I'll be looking for my guide bushing soon...

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Postby toypusher » Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:22 am

mikeschn wrote:the problem with either of those bits, is they require you to cut the full 3/4" at one pass... I'd like to be able to cut 1/4 inch per pass...

I tried the 3/4" per pass last summer, and cut about 2/3's of my plywood framing, before I broke the bit and buried it into the plywood.... :Oh Brother:

So I'll be looking for my guide bushing soon...

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Mike,

Build your template out of 3 layers of 1/4" and then just remove a 1/4" layer after each pass with the router for a 1/4" cut each time. Router bit set at 1" (May have to be a tad over 1")
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