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Assembling King Starboard..

Old 12-29-2018, 10:03 AM
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I will soon be building a box like project out of 1/2" starboard, my question is do you only use screws to hold the boards together or do you also assemble with something like 5200 to help hold it together. Also, do you drill small pilot holes for the assembly screws or just go screws into virgin board.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Cool Change1 View Post
I will soon be building a box like project out of 1/2" starboard, my question is do you only use screws to hold the boards together or do you also assemble with something like 5200 to help hold it together. Also, do you drill small pilot holes for the assembly screws or just go screws into virgin board.

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What is a "box like project"?

Without knowing what you are building, its hard to comment whether it needs to be sealed or reinforced.

Is there a time it is bad to drill a small pilot hole?
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:42 AM
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Absolutely drill pilot holes or your board is more likely to bulge or split. Never tried 5200 on starboard. Will be interested in what others say.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:54 AM
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Stainless course thread screws work well. If you search Starboard adhesives, you will find some detailed posts. Don't recall if 5200 was recommended, but the process is to flame treat the bonding surfaces before applying adhesive.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Cool Change1 View Post
I will soon be building a box like project out of 1/2" starboard, my question is do you only use screws to hold the boards together or do you also assemble with something like 5200 to help hold it together. Also, do you drill small pilot holes for the assembly screws or just go screws into virgin board.

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Starboard can be welded with heat or secured with screws. I use stainless screws with pocket holes (Kreg jig) or straight screws with pilot holes. Pilot holes are a must since starboard material does not contract like soft wood would. 3M's 5200 will not adhere enough to secure boards together. It can be used as a sealant if you want waterproofing the box. I have read that 3M's Scotch-Weld DP-8005 works well as an adhesive but I have not tested it.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:23 AM
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I think screws are the best, but i did some tests not long ago and plain old store bought super glue performed really well.

Scuff with 180 grit. Wipe down with denatured alcohol. After thats evaporated hit it with a flame (like a mini torch) and glue!
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Screws... with out a doubt.

I use the coated deck screws that you get at the big box stores (homedepot)
Very economical and never had issue with holding or rusting.
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:32 PM
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5200 is not effective for Starboard adherence. I have fine dovetail bit undercut, cleaned, flame treated, and used GFlex epoxy, but also used screws. The recommended adhesives are: Lord 7542-AB, or 3M’s Scotch-Weld DP-8005, or Chem-Set™ 6105 Polyolefin Bonder.
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