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Forum topic by Chardt posted 06-10-2011 09:36 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chardt

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06-10-2011 09:36 PM

Hi All,

I have a couple of ideas for new projects and one of them involves 1” thick maple slats that are held together using steel cables…with gaps to show the empty space….my question is how to get the cable tight enough so there is no slack, and an even tension across each of the approx 4-5 cables…

I’ve never tried it, so I don’t know the techniques or ‘Gotchas’ involved in working with cables.

any info, or links or opinions would be fantastic.

thanks.
-Carl

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.


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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 06-10-2011 09:38 PM

THis technique is used often in construction. and boats yachting etc look for a good chandlers nearby and ask them I take it your talking wire with turnbuckles etc you will find information a plenty on google. Have fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Bertha

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 09:39 PM

I’ve wanted to do this too. There are specific pieces of hardware that are designed to tension and grab cables. There were so many possibilities that I gave up out of confusion. I’ve seen them employed in projects here so I’m interested to follow this.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Chardt

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 10:22 PM

This is great! Thanks very much.

I’ll post pics and show you what I’m planning, once I get all of the technical designs worked out.

Thanks!
-Carl

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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