Removable Head

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thomas's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004

Here are the racks that Ambrose and I made. One for him, one for Jimmy and one for me. We took the info from the post a while back and made them with removable heads, so whe can take the shaping rack off and put a glassing rack on when the time comes. Drew and cut out my first blank last night, skinned it this morning.

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kokua's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Howzit thomas, sounds like you live here on Kauai, am I right and do I know you. Aloha, Kokua

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Aloha, Kokua

thomas's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004

yeah I live up in Prickville, I am not sure if we know each other or not. Probably not. Ive only been here a few months and keep a pretty low profile.

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

thomas this is mike he's the glasser I told you about make an appointment to meet with him to inquire about glassing properly ,better than the way I showed you...you know the wrong way...kokua does it right ...you might even pay him for a glass job it will be well worth the fee...ambrose... then the resale of your board will go up 80% and he does laminates

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ambrose M. curry III

kokua's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Howzit thomas, You're not that far away,I'm in Haena across from James Bond's just past the YMCA. If you come to the Pine trees Longboard Contest I'll be the guy in charge of entries and heats, just ask where Wildog is. Actually I call Princeville Little Newark. Aloha, Kokua

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Aloha, Kokua

ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

jimmy's on left 4x4 post fixed rack...center 4x6 post removeable head , right 4x8 post removeable head 8" throat will accomodate 8" thick paddle board ... racks convert to miriad of profile potentials including tables for templates ,tooling , router table, beating bench for making tapa, service table for buffet,yard sale display sewing table with recess for flush mount sewing machine...and dont forget bad mitton...ambrose...any other potentials?

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ambrose M. curry III

riley's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

I just built some racks this weekend, kind of a hybrid of different methods from posts read from here. Thank you all for inspiration.

Curious if you could get a closer up shot of the ones you made? They look interesting.

Question, think I might have spent to much time getting everything level and true, in the end I realized that, correct me if I'm wrong, it really isn't that important since it is covered in a soft material to not damage the blanks. The only level surface you need is the very top where the board would lay horizontal, right?

What would you use to "pad" the wood, I noticed you used carpet in a hammock type method, would it be OK to use old t-shirts wrapped with masking tape?

Thanks.

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

carpet -the only way to go ...shim undercarpet at top with ? shingle scrap the leveling under bucket can be done with a hot batch of instant stone type concrete and sand but fine tune carpet with shim Thomas had a couple options to post close up as well but he was worried about finding the Sweedish cheerleaders squad pictures on the disc at work .his boss is a radical femineist sexist and checks all his computer work very closely...there are also some racy golden plover pictures on that disc that he doesnt know about ...it's like;y he didnt have time to post but one picture as he's very excited about using the new racks and getting to work on time, not early, cuts into his computer free time...ambrose...maybe more to come

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ambrose M. curry III

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Joined: 03/18/2004

Thanks, I think...... ;)

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

I think therefore you're welcome ambrose

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ambrose M. curry III

riley's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Sorry that kind of came out wrong, I'll admit sometimes having trouble comprehending your writing style, hence the "I think."

Here's a proper one...

Thank you.

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TaylorO's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Ahhhh I wrote this long thing and the comp did its evilthing and....

Keep em seperate so you can move em around so useful - be carful no tip em. Carry 'em outside to work etc.

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TaylorO

thomas's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004

Ambrose this is the only person on this disc, I hope tis is not your idea of a sweedish cheerleader

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

just out of the frame...see the pom pom...

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ambrose M. curry III

SOUP's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

where are you sleeping inside a cattle trough?

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

in fact not sleep ...repose on a xmas morning responding to the complaint by me wife that I never smile for a photo ...hand built concrete 1st floor of residence started 1988 yet to be finished but truly liveable...is that a smile or what..... SMILE -- space migration infinity life extension -- Timothy Leary's

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ambrose M. curry III

thomas's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004


Here are some close up of the racks, got the deck of my first board roughed out this morning, late for work, who wants to work anyway.

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riley's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Thanks Thomas!

Any tips for setting the posts in the concrete level?

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keithmelville's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

when I put posts in concrete for stands, I check them with a level (sides, back & top, all directions) and tape them in place with the ever trusty duct tape until the concrete sets up. seems to work, I'm sure there are other methods.

I also prefer rectangular buckets, more stable.

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riley's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

So you should run the tape from the sides of the bucket up and over the top of the post, right?

Rectangular buckets? I didn't know there was such a beast. I need to redo mine, they are all lop sided and crooked.

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ambrose's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

with removable heads variable junction to post adjustments can be made when buckets are in place in intended use location and fixed at proper cant with single sheet rock screw through ply into post ,plan bypasses need to better than eyeball plumb...availiable materials primary my set the rusty resin buckets about to decompose to crumbling flakes... enough old concrete and gravel the posts sont need tape... ambrose...

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ambrose M. curry III

keithmelville's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

That's what I do, tape up & across the post, both ways.
I use old Coleman-style camping coolers for buckets. A form of recycling... and they have handles, which makes them easier to move. The older ones even have bottle openers built into the handles!!! I find them at yard sales, swap meets, by the side of the road... You can also use Rubbermaid rectangular buckets but they aren't as strong (tend to bulge at the sides from the weight of the concrete), and they are harder to find for free (or $1 or $2).

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Mmanzi's picture
Joined: 03/29/2004

Hmmm, now I'm looking at those empty Fresh Step cat litter buckets (square) in a different light. Since they hols a fair weight of the litter, they might hold up well filled with Concrete....

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thomas's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004

we just put them in ther with big rocks at the bottom to make them look straight. then concrete then big rocks then concrete then concrete and they looked straight and we were happy. mine are even pretty level without any shims or anything. a third of a piece of used sandpaper folded in half makes them perfect.

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keithmelville's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Yup, lots of ways to skin a cat. I use metal (Strong-Tie brackets) for the upper part, vs. your plywood. I like them because they are sturdy, but small enough to use the same racks for glassing as for shaping. I never thought about making interchangeable "heads" but then I've used mine to handle boards up to a 12'2" tandem blank, and they worked fine...

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Shipman's picture
Joined: 03/20/2004

those are mighty fine looking removable heads you got there..uh, what are those round disk thingy things you have under the buckets?

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