Building a Bending Jig

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Let’s talk seating for the tsunamiball.

The challenge with seating here is to maximize space in the boat and provide seating that can incorporate a 5-point harness.

Maximizing space could lead me to build long bench seats. This could be pretty easy, but I’m uncertain how comfortable the seats would be, which leads me to question if you would be protected by your seat, or crumpled against the harness if you ever needed it.

Another other route might be building individual seats, which could be designed and built to incorporate the curves of the boat so it fits well. These could incorporate harnesses, be comfortable, and provide additional support for rider.

A curved seat means a curved jig and possibly steam bending. Cool. Maybe I can even steam and bend my cast off pieces, which would be ideal.

OK. Time to build the bending form. 🙂 Oh, and I’ll use nothing but scrap to build the forms. Double Bonus!!!

2 responses to “Building a Bending Jig

  1. Got into your build from Kirsten’s video.. While I’m curious about a number of things, I had a great idea for your harnesses and seating.. If you created circular metal rails that ran around the inside diameter of the craft, then the 5 point harnesses could be anchored within this rail..

    If you get into heavy weather, you could have one person per rail, and as the boat spun in the waves, they’d stay upright, rotating within the rings.. You could even have metal footholds that roll within the rings that could be “locked” by twisting your foot/ankle, arresting your body’s rotation and letting a number of people create weight against one side, if need be. I’ll create s quick sketch if this is confusing!

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