- Hi Greg, I built a Snowshoe 16, 4 years ago with my 8 & 11 year old sons. I used MDF boards for the strongback and staggered them. I think it was 16 long.Message 1 of 8 , Feb 1, 2011View SourceHi Greg,
I built a Snowshoe 16, 4 years ago with my 8 & 11 year old sons.
I used MDF boards for the strongback and staggered them. I think it was 16' long. It worked out well but I had to be careful since it would bend horizontally if it shifted on the sawhorses. I strung a wire along the edge to check that it was straight. I wouldn't go that route again, my next strongback I built out of plywood and it's straight and strong.
I used thick cardboard from computer boxes for my forms. They worked out very well and I threw them away after I was done. Unless you want to store and reuse the forms I would recommend the cardboard.
I didn't have a supply of wood which I could steam. So I laminated clear pine from home depot to form the ribs. I cut it about 1/8 inch thick and laminated 3 together using waterproof glue. It turned out great.
Make sure you have lots and lots and lots of clamps. The Clamp-Its from Platt worked great. Platt's video was also very helpful, my kids even liked it.
Best of luck.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "Greg" <gmreevesrodco@...> wrote:
> I'm going to go with Luan in place of the cardboard. Can someone help me with dimensions? I'm building the Snowshoe 16 which is really 15'6". I'm assuming that my strongback should be at least 15'6" long but does not have to be any longer. How wide should it be? I'm assuming that wider is better but I think a 1x6 pine would be wide enough. My main question is does it matter how tall the strong back is? I plan on laying out my forms on two sheets of 4x8 luan and leaving myself with 4 5"x8' strips of luan for the sides of the strongback? Will this be adequate? Any thing to keep in mind during the construction that you wish you would have done differently?
- It s really not necessary to go to those ends. A pair of 2x4 that looks straight when sighted with the naked eye (Or even a piece of string if you trust thatMessage 2 of 8 , Feb 1, 2011View SourceIt's really not necessary to go to those ends.
A pair of 2x4 that looks straight when sighted with the naked eye (Or even a piece of string if you trust that more) is more than good enough. Measure the plywood or cardboard for the sides, glue and screw. You really won't feel the difference. However people who go through such lengths as you describe (Just from the effort they're willing to put in) usually end up with really nice boats...
"When somebody has risked and failed; and when somebody has fallen from the tightrope they've been walking on; somebody has to pick them up and give them a burial. The best thing is that a friend should do that" (T. Hynds)On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Roger Crier <rogercrier@...> wrote:
We have to bear in mind that the whole reason Platt made the strongback with
cardboard on the side is that the laminated construction of the cardboard
makes a stiffer strongback is the sides are made of wood. When glued onto
the sides and orientated just as as he did it, the cardboard is virtualy
un-bendable. Anything else is some factor inferior . When gluing the
strongback sides, you must try to work on some sort of reliable flat
surface, and for Joe Public that is quite hard to find!
A frozen lake or the local ice rink may do it :o
I am going to use the perfectly flat and level steel floor at work, as it is
part of a large accurate measuring device, so I am very very lucky.