Re: Chebacco Stem with red oak??
- You're heading in the right direction. I laminated marine ply for
the Chebacco inner stem and placed the outer stem in bedding
compound, bolted to the inner stem with SB lag screws--these are
interior, they go through the inner stem (recessed to allow the mast
to slide along the inner stem) and engage the outer stem.
--- In email@example.com, "bh100014" <ben.ho@s...> wrote:
> I came across a Memmonite who makes wooden sledges. They are
> seasoned, steam-bent, and about the exact size and shape I need for
> a stem for a Chebacco! The problem is that they are made of red
> not white oak. I know red oak is open grained and not as strong.
> for the inner stem which will be glassed, or for the outer stem
> which is more for aesthetics, will red oak do the job? This guys
> tells me that they use red oak because it handles the elements much
> better than white oak, keeps its shape, and is strong enough for a
> full-size sled. I figure if this stuff can handle getting grinded
> snow-covered roads day-in day-out, without the benefit of modern
> vanish & epoxy etc., then it's got to be pretty strong and durable!
> Ben Ho