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Scarfing 56" width from 48" ply

Posted by Sandy 
Scarfing 56" width from 48" ply
April 05, 2001 12:46AM
Exactly how does one scarf a couple of 48" sheets to get the required 56" width of Sandy's Honkey Dory? Be Specific. Thanks.
In reply to "Scarfing 56" width from 48" ply", posted by Jaocb Gano on April 4, 2001:
>Exactly how does one scarf a couple of 48" sheets to get the required 56" width of Sandy's Honkey Dory? Be Specific. Thanks.

Sandy suggests you by 60" plywood. Due to the cost of 60" plywood I figured it would be worth my while to figure something else out. I checked around and found one guy who simply turned his plywood sidways and scarfed 4 sheets together so when he was done scarfing he had a piece of plywood 8' wide by 16' long. It looked really good. I tried something a little different that produced satisfactory results and was even cheaper than that. I scarfed the 4' x 8' sheets end to end and then cut out two pieces 1'6" x 8" from another piece of plywood. The two skinny strips were scarffed end to end so I now had 2 pieces of plywood. The original piece I scarffed (4'x 16') and a skinny piece (1'6" x 16) I then scarffed the two pieces together, side to side rather than end to end. The end product was a piece 5'6" x 16' with several scarfs. It wasn't the prettiest piece of wood, but it was strong. I figued it was going to be coverd with graphite on the outside and a non-skid surface on the inside so it wasn't important if it was pretty as long as it was smooth and strong and it is both smooth and strong. It was also a heck of a lot cheaper than 60" plywood. I made all of my scarfs using a belt sander rather than the geougon
others scarffer. However, if I was going to do it again I would spend the $50 for the scarffer. If you are wondering how to make a scarf using a belt sander there are several posts about that on last years board. If you want any more info or if I can help any other way just email me, or post it here.

Danny
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