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11-22-2003, 05:59 PM
Hi all, as I mentioned before, to kill the boredom of fairing the hull I went to work on the steering wheel.
I first produced a carbon center and bonded that to the Aluminum core
Then after machining the parts for the rim all was bonded together and sanded up.
I never did get to do any more sanding, until after the wheel was finished, which kind of defeated the object of the exercise. But hey at least I got something finished which is something in it's self.
Good progress on the boat this week, finished fairing in the end and put five coats of Interlux 2000 on the underside

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PS ; why is it that when you take a picture of your boat upside down on the strongback and then rotate it on the computer dose it look so odd???????

[ 11-26-2003, 03:38 PM: Message edited by: H ]

11-22-2003, 06:16 PM
Goodness! I've never seen anything like that. Excellent workmanship.

Chuck Hancock
11-23-2003, 04:27 AM
That is a beauty. What kind of equipment do you have access to that allows you to work with carbon fiber? I've understood that it takes an autoclave or other such extra-baric/thermal type stuff to do that.

11-23-2003, 07:21 AM
not nessesarily so, in this instance the material was pre cured, IE it had been lamineted into sheet form some time ago (5/16 thick,it was the cut out pice from a mold mod on a F1 tub mold, scrap!!)For working the carbon I used a 3" dimond wheel and abrasive machines,the halving joint on the spokes was done on the table saw with a carbide tiped blade.
Carbon comes however in many forms and can be cured in room temps, if useing the right stuff. The clave is used when trying to get real light weight components, but just vac bagging and a little heat can produce reasionable results.
My job however is in motor sports so I do have acsses to these materials.

Paul Scheuer
11-23-2003, 11:38 AM
Beautiful. What's the plan for final finish ?

Somewhere in my memeory is the rest of the story, but the part that can recall is handling a similar wheel, with the segments finger jointed. All the joints were loose, and it went together like a 3-D puzzle.