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Topic: Wood thickness for B**e
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Jun 5, 2011 11:14AM)
What thickness wood is recommended for a deceptive b**e?

I started building a crystal casket in '09 and want to finish it this year. The table part of it is 2x4 as a frame with 1/4 wood on top. What wood would be recommended to support an assistant?
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Jun 5, 2011 09:09PM)
Paul Osborne recommends using 1/2" plywood glued and screwed in place. The size of the b**e and the assistant might require some adjustment however.
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Jun 5, 2011 09:26PM)
Thanks!
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Jun 5, 2011 10:23PM)
I think some people use aluminum for the lower part because it's thin and it gives.

Jim
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Jun 6, 2011 09:17AM)
I've seen others recommend fiberglass, but you also need to construct a form if you're going that route.
Message: Posted by: BRodgers (Jun 6, 2011 06:44PM)
Do not use wood. Go with an aluminum sheet as suggested. Upholster the inside with black vinyl to seal it.

Its thin and strong with a little give. It also greatly reduces the overall weight of the prop. You'll want that.
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Jun 7, 2011 01:15AM)
If he goes with aluminum, what thickness aluminum would you recommend? .09? .125?
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Jun 7, 2011 01:52AM)
It depends on two factors... weight and span.
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Jun 7, 2011 11:20AM)
Back in the day... I bought old street signs from the city of san diego... they were overkill as far as strength.. but they were CHEAP! I made a GREAT vampire illusion out of one... and a Palanquin.. ***ized from both the osborne plans and the rand woodbury palanquin 2000

You'd be surprised how big some of them are when you see them up close... and I had them cut at a sheet metal shop for $15 per cut.

It was a great deal at the time.. and it would surprise me if you couldn't track down a deal like that again.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Jun 7, 2011 12:35PM)
I LOVE the street sign idea... ingenuity at it's best!!
Message: Posted by: chleby (Jun 11, 2011 08:04PM)
Aluminum or fiberglass would be a great alternative to wood and would both be sturdy and lighter. Also would not need to be as thick which would allow it to be slightly smaller.