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Old 01-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Capping 12' Box with Aluminum

Hey guys,

I built a 12'x1' box (2*4's), and I'm looking at ways to cap it (not another one of those threads, I've read them all already)

My bro is a carpenter and has rolls of aluminum/tin that are used to cap windows/door frames without seams. (he's got an 'tin break' that bends it perfectly straight)

What do you think about using this stuff without a coping? there wouldn't be any screws on top, just the sides.
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put it on and then rip it off when it tears on the first hit
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Do you think it will tear it?

There wont be any seams, and there wont be any slack. If you've payed attention around windows/doors that stuff is nice and tight with no seams to catch when bent/installed properly. It's not the stuff with flashy finish, its a white finish that wont rust.

I work for the City too, so I'm trying to get some of the old boards/puckboards from them to make more boxes. I want to see what the tin will do, we have more than 50' of it.

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very true, and I understand exactly what you're trying to say. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just hoping you are, lol. I think you'd have to really land a boardslide awkwardly to actually cut the aluminum.. (s'pose i could cope it with abs/ipex)

But it's free until I get some stuff from the arenas/break the bank and buy some puckboard (75$ a sheet)
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very true, and I understand exactly what you're trying to say. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just hoping you are, lol. I think you'd have to really land a boardslide awkwardly to actually cut the aluminum.. (s'pose i could cope it with abs/ipex)

But it's free until I get some stuff from the arenas/break the bank and buy some puckboard (75$ a sheet)
There are two problems with using such material. It's too thin and too soft. The steel edge on your board will dent, crush, or rip thin aluminum within a few slides. You might be okay with 50/50's for a while, but it's really not worth the effort. Go to a fabrication shop and buy some 1/8th inch aluminum or steel plate for the center--have them cut to width and length--and throw some steel pipe on there for coping. Drill holes through the steel using a drill press and cutting oil and assemble the cap so that the center plate and coping are flush. Or just buy a length of 6" square stock, weld some 4" pipes on her and cement it.

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I really don't want to use steel, I can do it myself if I go that route (have the equip. and fab skills), but a 12' box made of steel will be 200lbs+ lbs.

I may just use the goddamn puck board from the hardware store.. they built a couple like that at the local park (bunny hill on top of a landfill site) and they hold up fine year after year.

Thanks for the replies though, I haven't capped it yet. I'll stay away from aluminum.
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I fab and install window/door wraps, I'd stay away from that aluminium it won't handle kind of abuse what so ever. Someplace on here there was a post about buying HDPE in bulk from a commercial cutting board place, seemed pretty cheap and that stuff lasts forever.
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I fab and install window/door wraps, I'd stay away from that aluminium it won't handle kind of abuse what so ever. Someplace on here there was a post about buying HDPE in bulk from a commercial cutting board place, seemed pretty cheap and that stuff lasts forever.
Haha thanks man, I figured it would have been too simple to ever work properly. I was trying to get by without spending any more (last year my box was stolen) but I'll get some of the expensive shite..
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Haha thanks man, I figured it would have been too simple to ever work properly. I was trying to get by without spending any more (last year my box was stolen) but I'll get some of the expensive shite..
Have you considered using Trex decking? It's recycled plastic and I believe it's 5.25" wide. Butt two twelve foot lengths together, mount some steel tube on either side and you'll have your box width covered.

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