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Used every clamp

Furnished content.
(from WoodNet.net)


I'm making a threelayer Sapele lamination, about 46" ID and 52" OD. There are 12 segments in each ring, which I cut on my RAS, using my new miter table set at 15 deg. I made a sled to sit on the table so I could cut them like you would for a segmented ring bowl.


I glued up half rings using TB II.


and the two halves together:



I glued up the laminationswith West Systems epoxy. It's the first time I've used it and I have to say it's much easier to work with than the System III T-88 I've used in the past. The pumps on the containers were worthless, however, though to be fair they are at least a year old (given to me by a friend). So I weighed out the correct amounts of resin and catalyst. The spread rate on the can was optimistic, too, I found I needed about twice as much, 1 oz per sq. ft if anyone is interested. Once mixed the epoxy spread beautifully with a plastic autobody spreader into which I cut 1/8" deep slits with a pull handsaw. I use the same spreader for yellow glue. Works great.

I used every F-style clamp I own, except one. Normally, I put laminations in my vacuum bag, but this one is too large to fit, hence the forest of clamps.


John

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