Thread: Equipment: Extending a wooden shaft
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05-16-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by McDugan View Post
OK, smarty. I see your Physics 101 and raise you Common Sense 201.

The same stresses, but on different materials. A typical wooden butt end is a single solid piece of wood. A wooden stick is made of laminated layers of materials, and is reinforced on the outside. Reducing the size of the end to fit in the composite shaft is not (in terms of physics) simple as simply shaving an insignificant amount off of a solid piece of wood - it inevitably involves compromising the structural integrity of the materials.

All this doesn't even begin to take into account the inevitable bizarre feeling that would result from having a hollow composite end on an otherwise all-wood stick.
Laminated wood can be even stronger than solid wood. I've made butt ends out of laminated pieces of wooden hockey sticks and they were extremely solid. The weak link is on the reduced cross section of wood that is inserted into the composite shaft. Reverse the roles and the reduced cross section of wood is in the same place. And it wouldn't feel bizarre, most people wouldn't even notice once it's taped up.
BTW, the sarcasm is uncalled for.

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