Hi Kurt, I'm on my third Airolite now(two Snowshoes and a Nimrod).
The first one I did I decided as you that I would twist the stringers
to land flat on the stem.
I achieved this by attaching clamps to the stringers to give me the
required leverage. There hasn't been any structual problems in doing
this but there's been no advantages show up either. In both
subsequent builds I've followed Platt's instructions - a whole lot
less trouble and it works out easy.
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, "kurtwoodham" <kwoodham@...>
> I'm building a snowshoe explorer 14 and had a question regarding
> stringer joints on the stem. Platt's directions say to not worry
> having the stringers lay flat on the stations, and that makes sense
> me. The question I have is should I try to twist the stringers so
> they come in with a surface parallel to the stem, or (as with the
> stations), just let the stringer come in at it's natural angle.
> What I mean is that the stringers starting at about the waterline
> naturally hit the stem on edge (roughly across the diagonal of the
> stringer). What I think is correct is to keep this natural angle
> cut the stringer (and then plane the outside edge down fair to the
> stem), rather than first twisting the stringer so that it joins the
> stem on a flat - similar to what the stringers close to the
> It looks like this twist would put a lot of tension on the joint.
> Thanks in advance for the advice from the seasoned pro's.
> - Kurt