Go-Bar Deck

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Project by HankLP posted 10-28-2019 03:42 AM 1874 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this “Go-Bar Deck” for glueing and clamping ukulele parts and pieces. It sure beats stacking up a lot of weights or messing with a lot of clamps. It also works with the radius dishes – shown in the last project – to put a little curvature into the braced tops and backs. The compression bars are made from straight-grained maple with a 3/16” x 3/8” cross section. The bars worked well when left 1/2”-3/4” longer than the clear distance to the upper deck. The deck is roughly 2 feet square and 2 feet tall.

3/8” Threaded rods were used to make the deck easy to break down and store. Using a recessed T-nut on the bottom clamped with a washer and nut above the bottom deck provided enough rigidity to feel comfortable with. Washers with nuts and wing-nuts were use to level and sturdy up the top deck. The support base for the previous “radius dish” project was used for the bottom deck on this project as well. The whole kit for both projects will easily hang in the outside dust collector shed.

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#1 posted 10-28-2019 01:07 PM

Nothing that I have ever seen before! If it works it’s great! Nice idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 10-28-2019 01:26 PM

Very clever solution.

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#3 posted 10-28-2019 02:34 PM

Posting about tools and jigs is so cool!
Thanks for sharing your clever idea for bending wood.
I really appreciate someone having to make something to make something else.
Thanks Hank!

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#4 posted 10-28-2019 04:31 PM

I have never seen anything like this. Very clever.

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#5 posted 10-28-2019 10:29 PM

That is really slick.

cheers, Jim

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#6 posted 10-29-2019 12:49 AM

Very nice!
I’ve never went to that much effort, does look easier though!
I usually just use a couple cinderblocks to glue the bracing, I really like your method!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#7 posted 10-29-2019 12:46 PM

I seen this on a show called craftsman legacy. a guitar maker did this, it brilliant… Great job, I’ve always wanted to try making a guitar.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-31-2019 10:10 AM

I have seen this somewhere else.
On a larger scale, using the ceiling of the workshop. I think it was for a harpsichord.
Do you put boards under the piece (as on the first picture) to achieve the right thickness or do you turn the wingnuts in order to be able to always use the same set of bars?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#9 posted 11-01-2019 12:52 AM

Thanks to all for the comments. This is a learning experience for me, but much fun as well.

I have only seen the use of the go-bar setup for instrument making. The “round boards” under the work piece are radius dishes. These are explained in the previous project, but allow one to put a curvature into the top or back of an instrument. I measure the free space above the work an add 1/2” to that for the bar length. More than that and the wood bars may snap, so do wear safety glasses.

I have a friend who used a ceiling hung lumber storage rack for the upper deck, and litterally raised the rafters. If you put in twenty go-bars which may have a ten pound load that can add up to a few hundred pounds of upwards force.

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