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I need a 15-1/2” inside diameter, 5 ” tall ring with the outside diameter not being that critical!
Obviously I think about wood first but, kerfing one side for all 50+ inches, seems like a lot of error prone work.

If kerfing is the obvious choice, how do I calculate the kerf?

I am also open to other suggestions?

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 02:45 PM

What is the application?
If the inside doesn’t need to be a smooth circle, birds mouth joints would work well.

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 03:05 PM

The height is a bit of a challenge, but for something like that the first thing I think of is rings of glued up trapezoids (probably 8 per ring). Each ring is glued to another, offset by 1/2 segment for strength. A router with a circle template would get the inside (and outside if needed) perfectly round to a precise dimension. I’d probably do the routing on two-layer (1-1/2” for 3/4” stock) to keep within the capacity of a typical bit. Basically this is how segmented vase turnings start out.

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 06:48 PM

It is going to be the duct for a 15 inch propeller that is part of a wind tunnel, an EDF, Electric Eucted Fan.

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#4 posted 08-16-2016 06:57 PM

I know it funner to make but if interested here's where you can buy one

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#5 posted 08-16-2016 08:11 PM

How smooth does the inside need to be? Do you have access to a lathe?

Since I do have access to a lathe, I would simply cut staves 5” tall, and glue them into a ring/short column. I would go with 12 staves to keep the angle easy to cut and to keep gluing easy. Each stave is cut at 15° (360°/12/2).

With a lathe, it’s a simple matter to round the inside and outside. Without a lathe, you would have to decide if the flats would cause airflow issues.

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#6 posted 08-17-2016 01:17 AM

You are basically making a drum shell. My first thought was make a round form and coil a sheet of veneer several layers thick, or however many layers you feel is necessary.


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#7 posted 08-17-2016 08:29 AM

I’d think about a thin clear plastic sheet. Clear plastic because you can overlap ends together and weld right through the sheets with UV activated plastic, like Bondic. As Mike suggests you could wrap and weld additional layers for greater rigidity.

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#8 posted 08-17-2016 07:04 PM

Bead and Cove router bits. First run the long strakes than cut to length. Glue up. Piece of cake.

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#9 posted 08-17-2016 11:01 PM

Right now I am leaning towards the veneer wrap but the plastic wrap looks intriguing too!

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#10 posted 08-17-2016 11:20 PM

I like the veneer idea too.


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#11 posted 08-18-2016 06:03 AM

You could check instructables, I used that website a lot whenever I was in a fix.

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