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#6054127 - 11/14/17 08:10 AM Pvc fleshing beam question
Zach d Offline
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Registered: 10/30/17
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Loc: NC, Pisgha forest
I'm thinking about building a fleshing beam out of pvc I've read that I need 8 to 10 inc pipe but I can't find I've 6 inch and a 5 foot peace of it is 40 bux almost as much as buying a wood beam. I really need some pointers from anyone out the re that's built one


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#6054173 - 11/14/17 09:10 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Grinnersrus Offline
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Registered: 05/05/17
Posts: 137
Loc: Virginia
Find where there building a big building malls a parking lot or subdivision for houses an look for green pipe. They use it for the main sewer lines so it will be 6'' an up that will work also and there's usually a couple of scrap pieces laying around a few feet long they will let you have. It's thicker than the white PVC but no difference for building a fleshing beam. If your around a city find where there building parking garage hotel apartments or any large building and ask for the plumbers tell them what you want it for they should have some scraps laying around 8 to 10" in diameter. As a plumber we throw it away all the time an I see the green pipe every where heat there building the above mentioned places. Hope this helps.

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#6054331 - 11/14/17 12:44 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Zach d Offline
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Thanks I will try types places, what is the best way to cut it out

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#6054365 - 11/14/17 01:35 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Grinnersrus Offline
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I use a sawzall or a jig saw will work then used a grinder to smooth the edges over on the ones I built. It took may be 20 minutes to cut an smooth edges over.

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#6054380 - 11/14/17 02:12 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Zach d Offline
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Loc: NC, Pisgha forest
Cool I found a six inch peace but not shore if its big enough

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#6054662 - 11/14/17 07:30 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
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Originally Posted By: Zach d
Cool I found a six inch peace but not shore if its big enough
6 inches is fine for a fleshing beam in my opinion. All I have ever used is one made out of a fir 2X6 in a fox board shape and it has served me well for over 35 years.



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#6054694 - 11/14/17 07:55 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
The Beav Offline
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5" to 6"Is plenty enough as to width.
I wouldn't use PVC since In my opinion It to round. If you split It, It may open up a bit but In my opinion It's still to round. And being to round your not getting the full use of your knife.
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#6054703 - 11/14/17 08:00 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: bctomcat]
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Originally Posted By: bctomcat
[quote=Zach d] All I have ever used is one made out of a fir 2X6 in a fox board shape and it has served me well for over 35 years.



Mine looks just like that! Only difference is mine is mounted on the floor with a hinge and has a leg that drops down to make it the proper working height. When not in use, it stands up against the wall, out of my way.
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#6054900 - 11/15/17 04:57 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: The Beav]
Zach d Offline
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Registered: 10/30/17
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Originally Posted By: The Beav
5" to 6"Is plenty enough as to width.
I wouldn't use PVC since In my opinion It to round. If you split It, It may open up a bit but In my opinion It's still to round. And being to round your not getting the full use of your knife.

That's why I'm hoping to find a 10 in peace ill split it and I'm thinking it won't b as round as a split 6 inch peace maybe more gradual like the angle of a fleshing knife... I hope

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#6055070 - 11/15/17 08:59 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Grinnersrus Offline
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The 10 inch will fit the knife better than 6 will neither will fit as good as a wood beam does. When I did mine I was on a limited budget of it had to be free an cost only my time. You can split the 6" then start a fire outside and run it through the fire to soften up the PVC be carful not to scorch it an spread it open to flatten it out to fit your knife better that's what I did. Cut some sticks from the yard to hold it open as it cools if it springs back to far when you remove the sticks. Reinsert the sticks an run it back an forth through the fire to soften again an let cool if you do this carefully enough you can spread an flatten it a good bit. I did mess up 2 pieces before I got it right but they were free scraps and no love was lost except a little of my time. If you know a commercial electrician with a pvc hot box bender it's much simpler an can be done the first time.

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#6055104 - 11/15/17 09:51 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Zach d Offline
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Registered: 10/30/17
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Loc: NC, Pisgha forest
Ok thanks so much that's a great idea I don't no any plumbers but I can build a fire and cut some sticks

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#6056025 - 11/16/17 08:33 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
The Beav Offline
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Actually the curvature of your blade has no bearing on the shape of your beam.
Your knife is kept just about flat and your only using about 2" of that knife blade. As long as the edges of your beam are rounded off to a slight taper your good to go.
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#6056171 - 11/16/17 11:41 AM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
10bands Offline
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I've heard/read about matching your beam to the curve of your knife several times but never asked why. You don't hold your knife that way while fleshing so what's the deal?

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#6056190 - 11/16/17 12:04 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
The Beav Offline
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Spot on.
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#6056198 - 11/16/17 12:13 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Grinnersrus Offline
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Loc: Virginia
I was only saying to heat an spread the PVC to get more surface as with 6" pipe you will only be using about 3/4" of your knife blade. When I heated an spread the 6" I got about 3" give or take of knife blade contact for fleshing it made a difference for me.

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#6056281 - 11/16/17 02:15 PM Re: Pvc fleshing beam question [Re: Zach d]
Zach d Offline
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Registered: 10/30/17
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Loc: NC, Pisgha forest
Ok o Seri just misunderstood I see what yall mean now, thank you for the help

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