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Randy Sharp

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05-19-2009 06:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip joining

Looking at the photo below, how would you secure the disc to the base plate?

- I’ve tried pre-drilling and using a large wood screw, but the disc tends to still rotate on the base.
- The best luck I’ve had is using a 3/8” dowel rod as a connector. It seems to work, but still leaves the disc open for snapping off, though not likely.

“Grooving” the base or jointing the bottom of the disc is not an option I would prefer, so I’m hoping my experienced LJ’s will come up with other suggestions.


Disc Golf trophy

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 05-19-2009 07:10 PM

If you are really worried about it snapping off, instead of a wooden dowel use a steel rod . And instead of wood glue, use epoxy.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-19-2009 07:11 PM

Charlie has it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 07:32 PM

but the metal rod can still be weak by itself, so it must be welded to a steel plate that goes recessed underneath the base.

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#4 posted 05-19-2009 07:41 PM

how about a floating tenon? since it’s elongated it will also prevent the disc from spinning.

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 07:53 PM

A 1/4” or 3/8” threaded steel rod (depending on the thickness of your disc) would work and like Charlie said, use epoxy.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Randy Sharp

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#6 posted 05-19-2009 08:07 PM

Lots of great advice. Thanks!

Now…if 20 of you will re-create the trophy above and send it to me, with your advised connection, I’ll get a better idea of what you’re talking about. Oh, did I mention I’ve got to make 20 of these?

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#7 posted 05-19-2009 08:16 PM

Drill a hole in the dowel and epoxy a nail in there and then use. Maybe two small dowels close together then it can’t spin. Good luck.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 05-19-2009 08:41 PM

CharlieM1958 has it and for the steel rod use a long 1/4” or 5/16” or the largest size you can carriage bolt counter sunk into the bottom. The threads on the bolt will also help in hold strength and carrage bolts come in just about every length you might want, pre-made.

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 08:51 PM

I think I would try a sliding dove tail on the disc being the male and the base the groove then epoxy it in place.

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#10 posted 05-19-2009 09:18 PM

My idea is would be (I dont know the technical name for it) a threaded rod that has bolt type threads on one end and a screw on the other. secure the bolt end through the base with a nut and screw the disc down on the screw end.

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