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    Senior Member BrianWillan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by spamburglar View Post
    Just finished stitching up the body for my first bridge. I was going to get dowels for my spreaders, but this makes me reconsider....maybe conduit till I can find something else
    I use 1" hardwood dowels for my bridge hammock. I did take the time to sort through the pile and find the straightest ones. When I cut the end notches I also cut those perpendicular to the grain so it would lessen the chance of splitting.

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    Ash is a good choice if you are dead-set on wood.

    Assuming you can locate straight-grained pieces. Some have run-out that might weaken them, but ash is popular for canoe gunwales due to it's resistance to splitting.

    But aluminum and CF do not have run-out problems as others have pointed out.

    Jim

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    I used a piece of 1 inch for a test....needs a bit of tweaking, but it is well on its way....and yes, that is an axe handle at the foot end
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    1" wood dowel rods are alot thicker and stronger than 5/8".

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