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FarmerBill
05-31-2017, 04:25 AM
Does anyone use the Go Bar clamping system? It seems like it would be able to clamp somethings like braces well. I wonder what to use for the clamp sticks and what size they should be.

Vespa Bob
05-31-2017, 05:36 AM
I use 1/4" wooden dowel rods, bought at my local hardware store, with plastic tips designed for covering the ends of bolts, also found at the same store. They do the job just fine.

Bob

Timbuck
05-31-2017, 05:45 AM
Here are some nice rods for the job if you live in the UK.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6mm-Fibreglass-Roman-Blind-Rods-ROMAN-BLIND-KITS-1m-40-SOLID-6mm-Pack-of-8-/322013062091?hash=item4af97963cb:g:ANIAAOSwPc9Wxv-8
And here's the end caps
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6mm-End-Caps-End-Covers-for-Tubes-Rods-Threads-rubber-plastic-/252714343996?var=&hash=item3ad6f2de3c:m:md-sKIjr-nlcn3_MfidW1FQ

saltytri
05-31-2017, 06:30 AM
These work well:

http://www.bluescreekguitars.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=53&products_id=41

Parto
05-31-2017, 06:40 AM
I used curtain rods and kite ends as Ken suggests. Worked well for me
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Kevs-the-name
05-31-2017, 01:25 PM
I use simple strips of of plywood. Works well enough, cheep and easily replaced.100634

taylordb
05-31-2017, 01:43 PM
I get mine from a kite supplier.... goodwinds.com.
I buy 0.187" dia. x 48" long fiberglass rods and cut them in half. They also sell vinyl end caps.
My last purchase was in 2015 and I got 12 rods (which make 24 total after cut in half) and 60 end caps for $39 total with shipping....that's less than $2 a go-bar rod.

UkulelesRcooL
05-31-2017, 03:01 PM
You can get old stays from Sails if you have access to that kind of thing.. they are made of fiberglass and bend nicely, some are kinda wide but you can rip em down... if you cant find rubber tips you can use small wooden wedges like cauls to keep your build from getting marred. Like Kevs-the-name shows in his picture..

FarmerBill
06-01-2017, 03:44 AM
Thank you all, I give these ideas a try.

orangeena
06-02-2017, 02:58 AM
I use 1/4" wooden dowel rods, bought at my local hardware store, with plastic tips designed for covering the ends of bolts, also found at the same store. They do the job just fine.

Bob

I watched an interesting youtube video by Susan Gardener where she tried out different rod materials with a set of digital scales to measure applied force. Her experiment showed that the force applied by wood rods diminished over time as they took up the bend. Plastic rods (for making roman blinds) applied a more constant force.
Max

Doc_J
06-02-2017, 03:37 AM
Home Depot has fiberglass reflector rods (48" & 72" long) that should work.

FarmerBill
06-02-2017, 05:10 AM
I saw that too. She cut her own sticks and they looked small to me. Most wood if properly sized will want to return to it's shape if not over bent. I will try the same thing she did with the scale and different woods in different sizes. Also I would like to know how much bend gives the most force. I see
thin sticks with a large arc and I wonder if a thicker stick with a small arc would have more force. I just need some time in the shop.