Need Ideas for a temporary boat frame
I,m building a strip built kayak soon and the plans have forms ( that you make from 1/2 mdf) that slide over the frame and are positioned at intervals .
The forms have a 2" x 4" slot and the "strongback" as they call it is a temporary 2'x4" frame as well as the forms.
Strip built meaning that typically 1/4" x 3/4" wood strips are glued together over a series of spaced out forms with the hull and deck done separately.
Then they are joined together (deck and hull) , the whole thing is glassed inside and out making for a very strong lightweight and stiff boat.
The company uses a plywood box half lapped idea for the frame.
I am wondering if I could use a LVL beam and rip it to the 4" ( or joint it rip and plane it to size).
The LVL would be 1.75" thick , I could rout out my slots in the forms to this smaller thickness or glue on some additional thickness to the LVL.
The important thing is to have a frame that is straight and stiff will stay straight while you build your boat.
After your hull and deck are built the frame and forms go in the burn pile ( they are temporary).
Oh yeah the frame is needs to be around 15' long.
Is LVL straight and stiff enough for the task or is there better ways? ( 2" x4" x 15')
Knot Stumped ...just confused once in a while.
Last edited by Tree Hugger; 10-29-2016 at 06:01 PM.