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 Post subject: T and G ?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:31 am 
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I just decided to ditch my Mojo and am going the diy route. Just finished two boards and as a cabinet maker I feel the need to try and improve things. So I had this idea and wondered if anyone has tried anything similar.

Has anyone ever machined grooves in the wood core and inserted a strip of aluminum in one side essentially forming a tongue and grove joint? Seems like it would connect the two halves better and maybe add a little stiffness... Or it could be a complete disaster.

:twocents: anyone?

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:20 am 
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First thought that came to my mind would be icing problems.

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:28 am 
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Tongue-in-Groove... Sounds like a lesbian splitboard! Me likey!

It may ice up like HFT said; but you will never know till you try. I love to try new stuff with DIY boards, but tossing a board in the dumpster would be no fun if it didn't work. You are the profession woodworker though, so I would have to defer to your greater skill set.

Good Luck!

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:24 am 
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I've installed a lot of t+g of many different woods but never in an application were huge amounts of flex was invloved.
Using alu as a spline would likely force a delam the 1st time the board was flexed hard unless it's super thin.
Snow/ice in the groove will be an issue.
It would certainly stiffen the interface but I'd suggest experimenting on a crap board to test viability.

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:41 am 
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I think on the bench it would work, but in the field may not be practical but it may be possible to do a butt joint with a curve or v groove. You'd lose some section width though.


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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:05 pm 
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This came up the other day when I was out touring with a carpenter and icing was the major concern. How about dowel pins instead? They could be small aluminum dowels in 3 or 4 places along the length of the board, don't have to penetrate very deep into the board, could be sized small because if the center seam is tight you only have to worry about shear and if they ice up then you just leave it out and deal with a slightly softer board until you thaw out.

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:59 pm 
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I toyed with the idea of using aluminum biscuits , and a biscuit joiner. Less ice to pick out than in a full length groove. Cabinet makers unite! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:30 am 
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check out al's t n' g:

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 Post subject: Re: T and G ?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:11 am 
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Time for some tinkering. I like the V groove idea but heal / toe drag keep me up at night. Could the V be machined out of cured epoxy thus not losing any width? I haven't played around with the Gflex yet.


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