Is glue lam stronger

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stuckinthemud

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I need a couple of lengths of 2x1/2, 20 inches long. They will be under significant stress as the rear forks of a bicycle. I imagine glue lam is stronger than just cutting and shaping the natural timber. Is that the case? If it is stronger. How thick should the lams be?
 

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No I would just use ash or something quite springy.

I have a part finished wooden bike I must finish!!

I aim to have a bike in every material!!!
 

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Yes, and most of the wooden bikes ive seen were laminated.
I would have to research further into it if i were you by looking at builds on you tube etc and emailing the builder.
 

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Yes a laminated structure will be stronger and there is much less risk of crack propagation as the grain is not continuous across the laminations
 

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“Stronger”… depends how you mean.

I’m general, laminated materials are used as they resist defect propagation better.

Your choice of material is interesting, good luck
 

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I don’t have any welding equipment and I pathologically hate using carbon fibre but I can do decent file work in mild steel and aluminium and have a garage full of exotic and domestic hard and softwoods, materials choice is that of Hobson😊
 
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