Re: [bolger] Aluminum Teal started
- curtisbetts@... wrote:
> Yesterday I picked up a sheet of 1/8" aluminum "5086" and started to
> build Teal.
> But, aluminum doesn't always come in 4x8 sheets. The best price IYou can get AL in 6' x longer than any boat you want to build.
> got was from a distributor who handles 6x20 sheets. And they had one
> in the warehouse cut to 6x14. So I had them cut 2 16" x 14' pieces
> for the gunwales, leaving 40" x 14' for the bottom and everything
> else. Cost: almost $400. The 14' panels let me stretch the boat
> out from 12' to around 13.5', on the same beam. Less than
> Windsprint's 16' though.
The AL comes from the mill in a coil that is typically from 10,000 lbs
20,000 lbs. A cut to length line is then used to uncoil, straighten,
cut and stack the sheets. This same machine will label and apply
sheet if desired.
I used to fix these machines (and many others) for a living. :-))
> Now to find a welder...Look for a 250 amp, industrial MIG welder, preferably with a spool gun.
These are not cheap ($2000 to $4000) but you can sell the machine and
your money back after finishing the project.
Oh yes, get an electronic welding helmet, there are soooooo nice to use.