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    Default Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    I am, I hope, soon going to be laminating the outer stem of my Indian. I have mahogany but it is african and full of interlocking grain making planing a pain. I thought I would do it in white oak w/ resorcinol on a jig that looks like this:

    With enough clamps, will this work?
    The stem will be 1 1/2" sided by 1" deep.
    I know I could steam it, but let's just assume I'm not going to.
    Thanks.
    John

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Yup. That'll work. The more lams the better.

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    The good thing about resourcinol is the working time it gives you. mixing can be a pain, mix the powder in a little at a time. A digital food scale is the best way to make sure that your proportions are correct. Make sure that the moisture content of the wood is around 15% and the temperature of the wood and atmosphere is above 70. Use plenty of clamps and have a good helper.

    This is an Angelique stem glue-up, fifty, six inch wide lams glued up six at a time.

    Good Luck


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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Thanks!
    Oak and resorcinol it is.
    Off to Target tomorrow for a food scale.
    John

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    There used to be a two-part liquid glue called "Plastic resin glue" or something like that, sold by Weldwood. Is that a resorcinol, or just the dry power stuff?
    I would avoid breathing the dry powder...

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    Here's a little chunck on white oak glued with resorcinol:


    Andreas

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Good idea. Here's another. Circa 1944.


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    Glued laminated white oak frames made by Unit Structures, Inc. at Peshtigo, WI for the USS Valor in 1952. The ship was made by Burger Boat in Manitowoc, WI. My father was in charge of the marine laminating program at that time.



    Andreas

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    Double sided planer opens to 14 1/2" x 59"


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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Is it best to use radial cut lumber when strip laminating a stem? I am planning on strip laminating a white oak stem myself and it will be my first. Mine is a gentle curve so should not be as challenging as the examples shown.

    I will be laminating 9 strips 3/8" thick. What is the proper grain orientation for the strip?

    I also plan on using Resorcinal adhesive.

    Bob

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob V View Post
    What is the proper grain orientation for the strip?
    Generally, riftsawn (slashgrain) stock is preferred because fasteners penetrate more than one growth ring or ray, which are natural cleavage lines prone to splitting. In laminations, this is less of a factor as fasteners generally penetrate more than one lam.

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    While sailing in the crew of the "Pride of Baltimore" in 1983 we stopped in San Diego to be present at the "frame raising" of the new schooner "Californian" Our function was to be photogenic (the schooner, not the crew), lend moral support, and handle any beer and/or trollop surpluses that might arise. Mission accomplished.
    The frames for "Californian" were built by a company in (I think) Alabama, that specialized in making laminated roof beams for gyms and churches. The glue lines were incredibly uniform and tight. The bevels, both plank-side and ceiling-side, were perfect. Thing of beauty.

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    Quote Originally Posted by Feazer View Post
    That would be a MSC minesweeper frame I'm thinking and one of the forward ten or so
    Yup. Philadelphia Navy Yard. My father was a shipwright there.

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    Default Re: Laminating white oak w/ Resorcinol

    I Know most of you are a big ocean west of me but does anyone know where I can get 'Resorcinol' in Europe. I have been looking without success for some time. (Balcotan seems to be the glue of choice here)

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