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by ealger
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ranger 15 Bow Height: Error in specifications?
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Ranger 15 Bow Height: How measured?

Looking at the bow mold upside down: The distance from the strongback to the waterline is 21". From the water line to the bottom of the inner stem is 1-1/2". Adding another 3/4" for the innerstem, brings the "height" to 23-1/4". I believe your dimension of 23-1/4" is correct. I was not successful in...
by ealger
Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Scuppers, Seats, Yoke, Calculations? Help? Nomad!
Replies: 11
Views: 2820

Scuppers

Shawn, Whether or not to cut scuppers is personal. Your craft will look great without them. The scuppers are traditional and functional as well. It's been pointed out why they're installed. For me, it's all about the journey. For some, it's getting in the water the fastest way possible. Your canoe w...
by ealger
Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Scuppers, Seats, Yoke, Calculations? Help? Nomad!
Replies: 11
Views: 2820

Scuppers

Shawn, I like Mahogany for my scuppers. It gets a deep rich color when epoxy is used to seal. The pictures Glen has referenced shows the use of a straight cutter. I'm changing to a carbide 1/2" spiral with a template guide bushing in the router base. The spiral bit will reduce the tearout in the Mah...
by ealger
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Wood for gunwales?
Replies: 7
Views: 1938

Cam, sounds like you're having some fun.
If you found a good deal on the fibreglass, I hope it is rolled and not folded. Perhaps you already know that folded fibreglass can give some problems trying to get the creases to lay flat.
Ed...

PS, get an extra yard to cut your bias tapes.
by ealger
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Gift Ideas for husband building a canoe
Replies: 23
Views: 4727

Carrie, 2 tools which haven't been mentioned are: The PDK-211 ProPrep handle with scrapers. This unit comes with a crescent blade which is great for scraping the inside hull. The ProPrep is a nice tool for doing the initial shaping of both the outside as well as the inside hull. The other tool is a ...
by ealger
Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Gift Ideas for husband building a canoe
Replies: 23
Views: 4727

Nothing cuts like a really sharp plane or chisel.
To get the ultimate edge, every woodworker needs these:
DMT W250EFNB 10" diamond plate, and
DMT B8250 base for the plate.

Ed...
by ealger
Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Deck Selection and Finishing Gunnels at Stems
Replies: 6
Views: 2344

Deck

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Outwale tapers to 3/8"
Inwale tapers to 1/16"
Deck inset.
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by ealger
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Help! Two potential catastrophies!
Replies: 15
Views: 3651

Stem Woes

Cam, I'm not a big fan of Gorilla glue. Others on this forum swear by it. I personally think its too hard to keep it off my skin and tools. For stem lamination, wood glue sets up too quickly for the way I work. I find thickened epoxy gives me the time to do a deliberate lay-up. I can't tell from you...
by ealger
Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: What grit sandpaper
Replies: 10
Views: 2817

Sanding

Each varnish manufacturer has their own advice about surface prep. HMG suggest 150 to 180 over bare wood and 180 to 220 on refinishing. Then 180 to 320 after the first coat is dried. Wet sanding is recommended. Epifanes one part recommendation at their website is a little evasive. One FAQ answer to ...
by ealger
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 14219

Storage

I have the CanoeGear setup which Bryan's speaks of. I've had 2 different canoes stored with it up to 16 feet length. My garage ceiling is 10'. I find that this hoist, while strong enough, is not easy to use. The master pulley end contains 2 ropes, each rope lifts separately. After lifting the load t...
by ealger
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: MAS Epoxy
Replies: 13
Views: 3563

MAS Epoxy

I've used MAS Epoxy on 2 of my canoes and it has been used by builders for a long time. West is also popular and is widely available in retail stores. MAS changed their formula a couple of years ago to shorted the set time. After the change, I found it to set a little too fast for my slow pace. At l...
by ealger
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: First Time Builder
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

First Build

Dave, if you plan to walk first, then you might consider going stapleless. If you're not in a hurry, then stapleless might be your choice. Putting a bunch of holes in expensive cedar where so much time has been invested, doesn't seem like the thing to do :big grin It takes a few extra spring clamps ...
by ealger
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: three years later I am laying in the glass
Replies: 3
Views: 1412

Shiny spots in epoxy

Small shiny spots can be scuffed with a scotch brite pad, if you're concerned about the varnish not sticking to the epoxy. Use of the pad is also a way of scuffing up epoxy to add epoxy without sanding. The common green pads are OK. Other grades of pads are available at automotive paint shops. Sever...
by ealger
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: screwed up the stems
Replies: 4
Views: 1537

Stems

Well Shawn, on your next canoe (you'll want to build at least 3!), mark the inner stem down the center with an ink pen. Then mark along each side to create your 1/8" center or what ever width you desire. Then proceed to shave, plane, sand, or file to the line. The inked lines then let you know when ...