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Old 12-07-2023, 02:40 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by popgun pete View Post
That crack looks like the one in my busted Sea Hornet when during transport stupid packaging decisions by the seller caused a momentary big load on it. With the pin there that cross section is the weakest point. Under side deflection a piece of timber tries to bend like a leaf spring and anywhere along the length, but mainly away from the ends, the material can fail. I don't recommend potting pins, you may eliminate rot, but as the timber sees it there is a larger hole in it, which means even weaker in that spot. Seal your pins with paint or epoxy. The only downside is that if the pins corrode then they will key in the timber and tear timber out when driven. Or use bronze or brass pins, they give less trouble, they are a weaker material, but will still serve.
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Old 12-07-2023, 07:52 AM   #17
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Re: cracks on trigger area

Just saw the first pictures and noticed a few things, your wood looks very thin there, and therefore it would make sense for it to start giving. since your inside wall is already at max with the part on your 4-5th picture. my suggestion is to strip the whole gun and sand it with 60-80g and get her ready for lamination. No less than 2-3 layers of carbon cloth. You can also do carbon/kevlar/carbon layup with epoxy as your binding agent.

No need to scrap her if you can fix her.

Make sure you fill in the crack void by grinding her into a V and filling her out with an epoxy paste, it will aid your lamination final strength by giving you a void free surface.

Last edited by armandozx; 12-07-2023 at 03:45 PM. Reason: noticed first pictures
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