I just received approximately 1 cubic yard of 3/4x7"x8" finished balsa. I
would like to incorporate these into a current project I am working on, a
wooden, chambered surfboard.
I would like to join these blocks to create 3/4" x7"x 8' planks. I am
thinking of using my table saw and cutting tenons and mortises. The only
problem I have with the that method is the open ends on the mortise will
give a weaker joint. I am thinking quite possibly create the tenons on the
table saw and then set up a jig with stops on the router table for a mortise
to solve the open end issue.
Any thoughts on a faster and or stronger method?
That sounds like too much effort to me.
How about gluing your blocks together in a running bond pattern
(http://www.cmhpf.org/kids/Guideboox/brick.html ~2/3 the way down)
and ripping your desired plank out of this? You'll need to incorporate
1 longitudinal glue line in the plank. This is a lot faster and should be
more than strong enuf until you get the glass on it.
Yep it sure is. And frankly, the only reason I was doing it was because the
material was there for free. But after visitng a few other forums, some one
suggested I just laminate the wood on it's face. Since I only need about 8"
of width by 8' of length, this method prevented the problem I was trying to
avoid, weak joints.
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