Great, Just the answer I was looking for. I have an old Ryobi AP-10 planer
that still works but I want a larger faster planer. I do have the need to
flatten long boards now and was wondering if I should upgrade my jointer
first. I have decent results with 4-5' boards also. Since it looks like
it would be "iffy" for 8' boards I think I will pursue the sled to flatten
boards with a larger planer.
I'm in the process of building gear boxes for boy scouts out of the
stuff. I've cut 4 sheets into pieces 15 X 30. Of course the thickness
is a little shy, but you knew that. I had a couple of places where the
oak veneer delaminated for about 1" or so at the cut line. I dealt
with it by squirting some glue under the veneer and clamping it back
down. Also, there are some pretty noticable stripes of darker colored
wood on the face sometimes. It works for gear boxes, but I wouldn't
make anything nice out of it.
"Even an old blind hog finds an acorn every now and then."
I'm curious why you would use oak plywood for Boy Scout gear boxes? Would
not a good AC pine/fir plywood work just as well for less?
I am building some Boy Scout gear boxes too, but they will be baltic birch
to save on weight. I am using 3/8" and 1/2" BB plywood for mine. I
figured the lack of voids and extra plys in the BB plywood would
compensate for the reduced strength of thinner plywood.
Our troop used to have big patrol boxes made out of 3/4" plywood, but a
previous Scoutmaster burned them due to them being too darn heavy.
You caught me. It's not 3/4 ply as I implied, it's 1/2. The ability
of teenage boys to destroy things is amazing. One of the design
parameters was that the box had to be plenty strong for the two
heaviest scouts to sit on - at the same time. One of them easily tops
250. I used the "good stuff" for the same reasons you mentioned. It's
flatter, stronger, machines better, holds screws for hinges better, and
doesn't require much sanding.
Our previous scoutmaster made some very well-designed patrol boxes that
aren't tooo heavy to hold cooking and eating utensils. These boxes I'm
working on will hold a camp stove, a lantern, a dining fly and a dutch
oven, each in its own compartment. Yes, they are heavy when loaded,
but I included enough handles so 4 boys can carry it like a coffin.
Or, two of the older ones can carry it. The handles are really just
handholds cut into the sides of the box so they don't protrude. All
the gear a patrol needs will be in two boxes instead of having them
scrambling around gathering gear when we are trying to set up camp in
"Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from poor
This is a really good idea. Our troop has to dig out lanterns, stoves,
and the like in the dark most of the time.
We may be getting a new trailer and I will recommend we try this with the
Trailer? Trailer?? What kind of scout troop packs stuff in on a trailer?
I suppose you have cots, too?
In our 77 miles/ 7 days at Philmont we packed everything on our backs.
scott (a bit tongue-in-cheek)
Thanks for all your input. I think I'd rather pay more to my old, reliable
source than to support that kind of off-shore opperation.. Maybe an American
can keep his job (or have the mexicans taken over the lumber industry too?)
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