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by frugal
Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Which canoe and which wood
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Knots do not always break. We had a couple break while dry fitting strips and it's no big deal. We just cut out the knot and and joined the ends together.

The only issue we had with knots that was also not a big deal was the difference in hardness and sanding.

My next boat will have knots as well.
by frugal
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Which canoe and which wood
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

A common misconception people have is that their strips need to be full length. We used nothing longer than 12 feet on a 16 foot canoe. Can you get shorter cedar boards? As for the colour of spruce, what would be "wrong" about it? As far as I'm concerned there is beauty in any wood. Some woods are b...
by frugal
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:27 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Glassing True North
Replies: 4
Views: 1574

In the front section of Kayakcraft there is a discussion of the strength of materials. As I recall the tests were done to 300-400 lbs on a square foot of material. I don't have it in front of me but I'd say you have nothing to worry about.
by frugal
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Problem cutting beads
Replies: 1
Views: 1040

That is going to be a problem. It's not the slight variance in width but rather the variance in the bead that you were routing at the time. If it isn't properly routed you will think that you have a tight fit in the cove of the adjacent strip but will likely have gaps once you sand the hull and disc...
by frugal
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: solo paddling technique
Replies: 5
Views: 11262

Here are some replies bearing in mind that I consider myself to be only a slightly better than average paddler. You answered your first question yourself in your third. I think the term is heeled over when you tilt it to one side. I regularly paddel this was and shift from one side to give one set o...
by frugal
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Batten?
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

It would appear that you already have one. Your 1/8" wood should work nicely. I have a fairly long flexible metal ruler that I used for my forms. For all of the work on the shears, etc. I used a long strip of wood that was 3/16" x 3/16". This came from when I made my strips and ended up with a strip...
by frugal
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Help my cane seats have collapsed!
Replies: 8
Views: 2846

We used Spar Varnish but that was just this past spring. it's too early to tell how it's holding up but we don't expect any problems.
by frugal
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: cutting the shear
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

I think you guys are really overthinking things and making stuff way too complicated. I wouldn't glue a strip so that I could use a router. I'd be more concerned that I'd bugger up the wood when I removed the glued strip. I'd also be concerned about the potential damage to router bit could do if I s...
by frugal
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Started Building A Adirondack Guide Boat
Replies: 11
Views: 3740

Welcome Lance.

I expect your boat to be an inspiration to others. I know a guy that is completely blind from Diabetes and he rebuilt an antique truck by feel. He still does work for other sighted people and it's amazing to see what he's done.
by frugal
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Help my cane seats have collapsed!
Replies: 8
Views: 2846

I would definiteley NOT use Gorilla glue. I've used it a few times and it foams like crazy. It would take forever to clean the stuff out of the caning. I'd go with Titebond III or epoxy but these would make the caning permanent. I've never used plastic cane but I would suspect that it doesn't have t...
by frugal
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Help my cane seats have collapsed!
Replies: 8
Views: 2846

Perhaps it was the glue since Titebond is not waterproof. Titebond III would have been a better choice.
by frugal
Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Plotting Station and Stem Molds- Please Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

I wouldn't cut them at an angle per se but I would extrapolate the curve using a batten or CAD sw if I had that. That way if I wanted to add a strip below the sheer line (which will make the canoe higher above the water) I could. Anyway I intend to do this on the next build. If you have a clear mark...
by frugal
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Plotting Station and Stem Molds- Please Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

That is a very good point that I must admit I did not notice. However, that just proves my point that it doesn't really matter. I put the molds based on the centres of the mold and not the edge and after the boat is done I can't say that made any difference at all. I stand corrected. The bottom line...
by frugal
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Plotting Station and Stem Molds- Please Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

I've got the book in front of me turned to the page for the Prospector so I can relate directly to your questions. 1. I would hazzard a guess that the addition of 2" from the sheer line to make the strongback line is merely to raise the molds up away from the strongback since this canoe is less than...
by frugal
Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Plotting Station and Stem Molds- Please Help
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

I've been busy on other projects and really have not had the time to see what's going on in this forum. I see that you haven't had any replies yet. I'll try to pull out my copy of Canoecraft and see if I can remember how we plotted the forms. I went from the book only and I don't recall having much ...