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Hello,
I have seen fiber and lite ply used for centering rings. What about using basswood for centering rings?

Thanks in advance,
Brian
 

Stymye

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some basswood has a very definate grain and can bend or snap quite easy..I have used it sucessfully by laminating it crossgrain like plywood
 

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I have several rockets built with custom cluster rings made of 3/16" basswood, and they've turned out very nice! Light and strong, in my opinion - but I'd be wary of going thinner than 3/16".

Here's a pic of the motor mount in my 2 x 24mm BT70 Goblin. The rings are laser cut 3/16" basswood from BMS.

http://www.rocketryforum.com/attachment.php?postid=39738
 

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i use basswood like i use the toilet.

Ive never had a problem with using it in MMs Might wanna soak it in CA mabey? and laminating like stymye said is also a good idea with a nice layer of carpenters wood glue in the middle....good luck even trying to break that!


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Originally posted by bswan72
Hello,
I have seen fiber and lite ply used for centering rings. What about using basswood for centering rings?

Thanks in advance,
Brian
I've carved quite a few centering rings by hand, including basswood. If they don't break, they're pretty good. I back them both sides with cardboard and CyA or epoxy to spread out any stress that might break them in flight. They end up about the same strength/weight as thinner plywood, and are a whole lot easier to carve by hand than plywood, including sanding to fit.
 

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Hello again,
So for the same thickness, plywood is stronger than basswood?

Brian
 

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yes , plywood is a heavier material but much stronger
 
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