Post by sandybeachsurfing on Jun 21, 2011 20:03:37 GMT -5
Thanks for the blueprints, I got my rails all built up and I am almost ready to glue the top deck on but I want to add small "tabs" to the ribs where they meet the decking, do you recommend this or will it add too much weight? I was going to cut small blocks of cedar and glue them in place. Thanks for the help!
Post by TimelessSurf on Jun 21, 2011 22:07:48 GMT -5
That's a great idea and it will actually be added to the book soon. If you are making a wall hanger it isn't all that necessary, but if you plan to ride it a lot I highly recommend it. You can take those extra pieces of triangle stock that you used for the rails and cut them into 2-3" long strips and glue a pad midway between the spine and rail, on the top and bottom of each rib (do this just before attaching the top decking). once they are glued you can take a small hand plane and match them to the top arc of the ribs. You could use smaller square stock, but i like the larger area of the triangles to give more holding power. It WILL add weight, but not enough to cause a fuss over. I cant wait to see the finished product, keep it up. ;D
You mention pads/tabs. Is this to increase the surface area of the ribs and spine when attaching the decks? Also, I saw a guy use tiny little guide blocks for his deck installation. He traced the spine and ribs first, then glued little 1/4" x 1" blocks onto either side of the spine/rib tracing. It looked like it made the gluing process real easy because the spine and ribs just slipped right in.
Post by TimelessSurf on Aug 16, 2011 12:39:24 GMT -5
Yeah, I just add them to the ribs though, the spine has a good bit of surface area already. I have never tried the guide blocks but it seems like a great idea to me. I just usually ad them after the frame it attached to the deck, before the top goes on.
Post by apauly1954 on Aug 17, 2011 14:34:55 GMT -5
hey Jake, I like that idea a lot. Get the centre spine dead straight & the ribs exactly at 90 degrees to the spine, mark it out & add the tabs. Keeps it all straight & square for the glue up & clamping. I have plenty of the 1/8" Beech 5ply I used for the ribs so I'll cut some strips about 5/8" wide or even 1/2" wide for tabs. (keep the weight down) Paul