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Old 12-17-2007, 11:14 AM   #1
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First Speargun Build

This is my first speargun build; I have started with the old teak swim platform from my 1985 Formula.



I took it apart (Saving all the stainless screws for other boating projects) and this is the teak pile I have to work with



I was a bit worried about the condition of the teak, but after hitting a small piece that looked terrible with the sander it all seems to be well. Here are two pieces that were in the same condition, just some sanding and it looks good.



I am resawing the planks using the table saw since I don’t have a band saw anymore.

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Old 12-17-2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: First Speargun Build

I will be making a T-Laminate using three vertical and one horizontal. I split one of the teak pieces to make a 1/4 inch center and a 3/8 horizontal and removed any tool marks with the planer

Laying out the verticals



Ready to glue when the temperature reaches 60



The verticals are laminated and drying...






OK, the laminate came out good. I think the different clamp strengths may have caused a few spots to show more resin than others but it still looks great to me. I am going to use a series of the same clamps and see how that turns out. I have enough material that I will make a second blank.

Here is the blank after planning for the horizontal laminate.



Close up you can see a few spots where the resin is thicker.



I used many of the same clamps to try and get an even thickness on the epoxy. I also mixed some sawdust with the epoxy and filled some holes on other boards for the next blank.

Here is the horizontal clamped in place, after the pic I added blocks to the clamps for better pressure distribution.



I used the old teak platform spacers for gluing blocks to help prevent pressure points.



Here is the first blank completed. Now I have to wait a few months to finish...

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Old 12-17-2007, 11:41 AM   #3
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Looks good. I don't know if I could wait a couple months though. That teak looked pretty well aged before you ever started. I wonder if it will move much at all.
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:23 PM   #4
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That swim platform is looking better by the minute.
am sure is going to kill some nice fish.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:29 PM   #5
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It sure is hard waiting...I ordered my trigger and handle today. The shafts came in yesterday.

I just finished gluing the verticals for a second blank.
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:48 PM   #6
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Damm nice winter project Steven! Looks good.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:16 PM   #7
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where did you order your trigger from and what kind?
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:32 PM   #8
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Re: First Speargun Build

I see a box for a ryobi router table in the first pic. As a warning, put a square on the table first to see if it is flat. I bought one of those for a project and milled a bunch of wood before I saw the problem. My table had a big low spot in the center where the router sits. Nothing will be straight if it's not flat. I returned it to the store and checked another one while at the store and it had the same problem so i just made my own table out of and old drafting table I had then bought a porter cable router to mount to it. That was the last crappy ryobi product I bought. I guess for 40 buck what should I expect.
Anyway the gun looks good so far. I just didn't want you to ruin the work you had already done after waiting for months to cut the laminate. Good luck.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:04 PM   #9
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Re: First Speargun Build

Thanks M.J.

I work with acrylic every now and then and the first thing I do when setting up a new tool is check it for square. That was a gift that I have not opened yet. I have been thinking of building my own table instead and just getting the $100 credit for something else.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:05 PM   #10
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where did you order your trigger from and what kind?
I ordered an Posioden trigger group. It was recomended and also has a pinning jig you can buy to help with instalation. I also ordered a handle form Alexander. Both companies were great to deal with. I have two Riffe 55" shafts wich I purchased used. One has a rest stop and both have two sharkfins for the bands.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:19 PM   #11
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I pulled the 60" blank out today and checked it for warpage. It has about 1/8" warp but no twist. Waiting for the new router table to come in so maybe I will get back on the project this weekend. Glad I waited for the wood to cure...
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so what are you going to do about the warpage...
plane it out?
cut it straight with a table saw?
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so what are you going to do about the warpage...
plane it out?
cut it straight with a table saw?
I will use the tablesaw to square the wood.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:54 PM   #14
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Re: First Speargun Build

Kinda hard in this picture but the blank did warp. it has a bow that is just over 1/16 of an inch. the deepest part of the bow is at 32" on the blank.




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any progress?
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