- Jun 2, 2002Railings are tuff stuff. If you want the real good stuff, you can get
it in Maple too... Watch out for finger joins though. For a mast you
want a solid piece.
I made a very servicable unstayed mast for an Achilles dinghy out of
concrete float extension handles(available at your local builders
supply store). These are really good because they come in 5 foot
lengths, and lock together with about an 8 inch overlap. They are
hardened Anodized Aluminum and 2 1/2 inches in cross section.
I plugged the top end with a piece of scrap oak that I turned on a
lathe and glued in with Epoxy. You probably don't need to do that but
I thought it might flatten under a load.
--- In Michalak@y..., "lewisboats" <numbaoneman@b...> wrote:
> In browsing the various groups I lurk on, I see many different
> used for masts. From hollow ones, done lovingly, to galvanized
> poles. In my browsings of lumber supply stores, I have come across
> something that intrigues me. Stair railing. The kind that comes in
> about 2.5" diameter, with a flat on it. I have seen lengths to 16',
> and in some verrry clear wood. One wonders if this might not be
> something to look into? I usually do my own designs, and most are
> motors. This being said, I have one or two on the back burner for
> sails and would like a little feedback on the above idea. Thanks
> for the consideration.
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