How To Build A Lightweight Strong Back
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strong back diagram

You will need some sort of strongback as shown on the drawing, on which to build. After using a number of different systems over the years, I have come to prefer using a box beam. This is cheap and easy to make and is much more stable than a solid timber, which is prone to warp and twist. The drawing shows a novel beam made with two 4"or 6" boards and corrugated cardboard sides (shear web). The corrugated is glued on with white glue that is clamped with staples every 3". Be sure that the corrugations run problem to join the corrugated, glue the butt joints. Again you might feel more comfortable using the 1/4" luan sides - but they shouldn't be necessary! Shown below is Platt standing right in the middle of his first box beam.

Platt stands in the middle of a strong back to prove it's strength!

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