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Author Topic: Square-shaped Fishing Kite - Joint questions  (Read 267 times)
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« on: October 13, 2014, 01:51 PM »

Hi all,

I'm excited to build my first kite.  I'm a very hands-on and technical person, so I know I can do this.  A couple questions.  I'm wondering where I can get cross-joint (and at a size I need) as shown in the image and then I'm also looking for techniques on securing the spars into the corners of the kite.   The image was too large to attach, so I've included the link.  The questions have been typed on the image.

http://www.clevermill.com/craigslist/kite-joints-and-spars.jpg

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 10:43 AM »

This might help you. This is a commercially available fishing kite ( Sorry direct links to non sponsors are not allowed). If you click through the link that says "View our Technology", they have assembly instructions that give you a good look at what is being used.

In that particular kite, they use dacron pockets sewn in the corners, and a piece of line to secure the center cross. Nothing too fancy since there is a pretty good chance that it will take a dip in the water at some point.

As for the pictures you have a question about, the corners are secured by what appear to be arrow nocks and probably a string or ring sewn to the kite. The cross-Ts I've never seen commercially available, so I can't say where you'd get that.

Hope that helps.
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