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Old 11-30-2006, 08:48 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Lipets
Malcolm, thanks, the 1x1 sq tube is really strong and light, while working on it I fell in the center of one of those and it didn't flex much at all, I have the 3/4 styro already, I was going to get 1/4" luan, but your right it can work with less.

HD here has 5.2 mm or 1/4" luan, I think 5.2 is 0.2047 so just a tad thinner. It is only $9.75 a sheet, I need 3.

I don't know where to get thinner yet.
You might very well be able to get the 1/8" stuff at a lumber yard or perhaps a plywood specialty shop. I can get it out here at a store called Mr Plywood. They also sell single layers of veneer by the way. I know there are mail order places you can get it but the shipping would seem to be awkward at best for something so large. In your case you might want to consider leaving the foam out and just glueing the two layers of 1/4" together. Those support members are pretty close together.


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Old 11-30-2006, 09:30 PM   #30
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I finished it this afternoon, when I put the 5.2mm" luan down I riveted and it was almost strong enough on its own.

But when I put a lot of weight on it there was some flex, I continued with the 3/4" styro glued in with liquid nails, with the outside edges framed with 3/4 X 3/4 popular, then the top layer of 5.2mm luan was glued.

It is really nice, strong and lite in weight.

The 5.2mm is a little less than 1/4"

I'll get some pic's up ASAP

All the weather surfaces were covered in 1/4" foil bubble insulation.

I'm satisfied the way it came out.

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