The wood needed is for a little project I am making, but it needs to
be thin and ridged I don't want it toi bend, but I want it thin as
well. I don't ask to much do i. :)
7 1/2cm by 25cm are the specs of the wood needed.
It's just a prototype gaming device I am making thats all. just need
some thin as possible ridged wood, the size specified. I would use
metal but, its a prototype :)
It's for FPS games. Just think holding a gun, but with the same
presision of using a mouse. If your a gamer I think you would like
Wood is just easier to work with, also where I am cuttting metal makes
tooo much noise and the peopel around me don't liek that.
/PS I do make other things from wood from time to time, but just now I
dont need help with them.
On Sat, 31 May 2008 20:52:16 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ross
Maybe you should consider model aircraft plywood. It's usually a bass or
balsa wood, but in very thin veneers. You can get 1/16" plywood with 3
or 4 plies!
Your local hobby shops should carry it, and Wood Craft might. (I didn't
see any at my local store on my last visit, but I was too busy admiring
all the other woods.)
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On 01 Jun 2008 14:46:50 GMT, Puckdropper
Good suggestion, with the clarification that aircraft ply is usually
birch or mahogany.
Other retail sources:
Aircraft Spruce (Larger sheets, they sell to full scale builders)
Lone Star Balsa
All can be Googled.
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Not a lot of help here...I have no clue what a FPS game would be --
_how_ thick is "thin enough" and what kind of load and how much
flexibility is allowable?
As for blind suggestions, the modeling plies are as good a suggestion as
I would have, too...
I don't want to be the spelling police but I'm confused.
Does the OP need "ridged" wood, ie wood that has ridges? Or is he looking
for ridgid wood, ie wood that is fairly stiff? Could be a big difference,
Well true but ,
The adjective has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: having a ridge or shaped like a ridge or the keel of a ship
Synonyms: carinate, carinated, keeled
Participle of verb: ridge (meaning #5)
Meaning #2: having or shaped like a carina or keel
Synonyms: carinate, carinated, keeled
Most large craft stores (i.e. Michaels, Jo-Ann's, etc.) carry very thin
plywood, usually in the same spot balsa wood is located. You may be able to
find other solid wood sheets there too.
You could use thin metal sheets from any hobby shop or home center (Lowes,
Home Depot, etc.) and use metal snips to cut it. No noise at all. If you
need to make a hole, a hand drill probably makes less noise than a blender
or hair dryer. I don't know if they still carry them, but RadioShack used
to sell little handheld metal nippers. Squeeze the handle and it nips a
tiny little chunk out of the metal sheet. You just nibble your way around
the outside to make any shape you need, or drill a hole and nibble it to
the size/shape you want. Again, virtually silent. Clean it up with a
handheld file if needed.
Another option is to use plastic. You may be able to find plastic sheets at
a craft store, or you could cut what you need from a plastic cutting board
(cooking section of most any department store). Or check with a shop that
installs car stereos. They usually have plastic sheets they use for making
Plenty of options, just think outside the box... :)
While looking at info on the new Bessey K-Body Revo clamps, I came across a
nibbler made by Bessey.
Rigidity (note, only one 'd', "Ridgid tools" are made by or for the
Ridgid Tool Company which was first located on Ridge Rd in
North Ridgeville Ohio.) is measured by Youn;gs modulus, also
known as the modulus of rigidity (doh!). Young's modulus is
also commonly called the 'spring constant' for the material.
All materials bend, the question is how much. For fixed
dimensions, the higher the Young's modulus, the less it
will bend under a specified load.
There are other moduli defined, like modulus of rupture.
That is not what you want to compare, though for most
woods it will probably scale with the Young's modulus.
You may find the modulus listed in tables of properties
for various woods.
For common construction lumbers, Doug
Fir or Southern Yellow Pine may be the best,
for common hardwoods, perhaps hickory.
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