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Offline charlierobinton

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Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:51:34 AM »
Hello to all the gun builders out there. I'm looking into building my first gun, and I have most of the tools to do it besides the big stuff (table saw, planer etc.) that would be needed to cut and straighten the blank. So, I'm wondering if I could get around that this time by finding a blank that is already made. I found some on sale at bluetunaspearfishing.com, but when I called he said he didn't know when he'd be getting them back in stock. Neptonics also sells them from time to time but when I called it was the same story.

So I'm wondering if there are any builders on here that might have a blank laying around you would be willing to part with? I am looking to build a rear-handled gun in the 48"-55" range.

Thanks!

Charlie

Offline Mike n

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 10:55:11 AM »
Charlie,

I don't have any blanks laying around, but I have a bunch of material ready to be used.  I only make blanks for guns that will be epoxy coated, though.

Let me know the specs and I'll see what I can come up with; final dimensions and wood type(s).  Based on that I can estimate a price.

Mike

Offline divenfish

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2019, 11:51:27 AM »
Charlie, may want to try searching on spearboard



Offline charlierobinton

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 02:19:31 PM »
Hey Mike,

Thanks for responding! I think my final gun length will be 55" in total, so a completed blank 55"L x 3"W x 2"H or thereabouts would do what I need. Teak would be my wood of choice.

I was thinking about an oil finish for the gun, but I didn't know that the blank played a role in how the gun will be finished. What's the difference between a blank made for an oil finish v.s. one that will be epoxied?

Thanks,

Charlie

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 02:27:30 PM »
Water tight integrity to prevent delamination is the primary concern.

I don't have any teak, sorry. 

Good luck with your search.

MN

Offline charlierobinton

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2019, 02:42:08 PM »
Right on Mike, thanks anyways!

Offline Mike n

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2019, 03:03:28 PM »
FYI:  You will need around 5 board feet for that size blank, 6 horizontal lams.  Teak was around $30/BF at my local supplier the last time I checked, which was a long time ago.  Be sure to request enough extra wood to cover the lead, teak is very buoyant and needs lots of lead for ballast.

MN

Offline charlierobinton

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Re: Speargun builders- willing to sell a blank?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2019, 05:16:04 PM »
Thanks for the advice Mike. I was able to find a maker space near me that has the tools I need and rents out space by the month so I may end up getting the timber as you suggested and going that route.

cheers,

Charlie

 

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