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Forum topic by MrRon posted 04-08-2013 08:24 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2013 08:24 PM

I’m sure everyone agrees with this statement, but from the perspective of someone who thinks metal, it would seem that this would not be the right place to discuss project design. I am that person who thinks metal, but also wood. In my past, I have always thought if it has to be strong and durable it has to be made from metal. I now know that is untrue. With careful thinking and design, wood can be just as effective a material. If one realizes that wood pilings have supported the city of Venice for hundreds of years and are still doing the job, the strength of wood becomes obvious. Wood lasts under water or burried in mud because, where there is no oxygen, there is no deteoriation. The same cannot be said of steel. Long before metals were used, everything depended on wood for strength and it didn’t fail to do the job. If it wasn’t strong enough, just build it bigger. It worked then and can still be done today. The Spruce Goose was made of plywood and it flew attesting to the strength of wood. I think the same technology that was used to build the largest airplane to ever fly could be used to build automobiles. Why wood? Because of it’s beauty. I have seen automobiles built from wood that are works of art. Think of the old wooden Chris Craft’s and Hackers compared to a fiberglass or metal hull boat and you will see what I mean. Naturally this would be a niche market. The following link shows an example of an all wood car. Remember the “woodie” cars of the 50’s?

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 08:54 PM

I like wooden vehicles.
When I was a kid my stepdad had an early Mack chaindrive 1 ton truck. The body and chassis were built of wood.

When I got older I get a free trip to Scotland and bought a 1935 Morgan (frame was made of wood). I had it shipped back to the US but somewhere inbetween the UK and NYC it got lost and was never heard from again.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 09:03 PM

I had an old MG that had a wood body, althought the wood was covered with sheet metal. The floor boards were exposed wood.

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 09:59 PM

In house construction wood beams will fare better in a fire than a steel “I” beam will. The steel will twist and total the house before a laminated wood beam will be burned enough to total the house. I am also used to thinking it terms of metal but in my case it is sheet metal. Wood working tolerances are much much finer than we used in sheet metal work. We would accept most measurements within 1/4” but wood requires less than 1/64” in many cases.

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