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by Redbird Bernie
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Poorman's Stapless Method
Replies: 7
Views: 11015

Re: Poorman's Stapless Method

Hi Tim, So you use the rubber bands to keep the strips firmly against each other until the glue sets while the bungee cords hold the hull against the moulds. That means three things, you need to remove the rubber bands before installing each new strip, you can only install one strip at a time until ...
by Redbird Bernie
Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Canoe Camper Done
Replies: 13
Views: 19434

Re: Canoe Camper Done

Juneaudave, great work, it's absolutely gorgeous! For years I've been thinking about building one using the stripping technique, and it was a complete surprise to find your post while searching for plan ideas. My concern with the strip approach is the extreme exposure to the elements that must be en...
by Redbird Bernie
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: any advice about a 10" band saw for strips?
Replies: 11
Views: 3850

Why use a band saw? In my opinion the table saw is better suited to strip cutting. And, if you don't have a table saw you should think about buying one instead of a band saw. If you have little or no experience with a band saw you'll likely get bad results. Band saws require fine adjusting to cut tr...
by Redbird Bernie
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Uni-wale?
Replies: 85
Views: 25394

These are all very interesting posts, but what we really need on our canoes are port-o-potties and full size refrigerators.:eyebrows Anybody working on that? It seems like that Power Rocker seat only comes down a few degrees. How is that sufficient to accommodate kneeling? Sparks is a really nice cr...
by Redbird Bernie
Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Uni-wale?
Replies: 85
Views: 25394

Hi Moonman, I think I may have seen the seat design you are talking about. Either way, I don't see seat height above the bottom of the hull for clearing your feet if kneeling as a consideration. If the canoe is designed with a center seat for solo paddling then kneeling is simply not an option. It i...
by Redbird Bernie
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Uni-wale?
Replies: 85
Views: 25394

Bryan, while your prototype drawing based on the photo from Moonman looks fine, I have some difficulty visualizing whether or not this design will work well from a balance point of view, plus the seat may end up uncomfortably close to your back and neck during portaging. What if the seat consisted o...
by Redbird Bernie
Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Uni-wale?
Replies: 85
Views: 25394

Hey guys, I considered using a uni-gunwale when building my Redbird but decided against it. My gunwale is a hefty 1" high by 1.5" wide piece of ash which would have been too stiff to bend in place. Instead, I rabbeted the gunwale for the thickness of the hull then ripped it into 2 pieces leaving me ...
by Redbird Bernie
Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

Hi Jim, Looks like your readings are in keeping with what Asa Blanchard said. Are you still thinking of installing an HRV? If you do get one, let us know how much of an improvement you get. My shop is in a small area of our basement so I don't have the moisture issues you do, just dust and dirt all ...
by Redbird Bernie
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

I totally agree with you that the effects of humidity on wood and wood construction should never be ignored. Like your floor, my living room floor made of stranded bamboo visibly expands and contracts from one season to the next. However, unlike fine furniture and flooring which must be designed to ...
by Redbird Bernie
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

Please anyone correct me if I am wrong, but under ordinary conditions you do not need to worry much about relative humidity or the moisture content of your wood especially if kiln dried. I don't recall whether relative humidity or moisture in the wood is much of a factor in the application of epoxy,...
by Redbird Bernie
Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

You are right, I wasn't thinking straight. Although the primary function of an HRV is make-up air, it will dehumidify by way of the warm air exhaust. Is anyone else in your neighborhood experiencing this severe a "sauna" effect? It is incredible that you would have fog in the garage with the door op...
by Redbird Bernie
Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

Before you spend any big bucks, have you measured the humidity inside and out of your garage? If so, how big is the differential? Does the inside measurement track the outside measurement during winter, summer? I do not see how an HRV by itself is going to reduce humidity. The purpose of HRVs is to ...
by Redbird Bernie
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Humidity During Build
Replies: 23
Views: 5263

Hey BearLeeAlive, is your garage heated? Is it vented to the outside? If not, you might consider insulating and installing a heater. As DSJ pointed out, a dehumidifier is not going to work well . The reason for this is that a dehumidifier works like an air conditioner whose air intake and exhaust ar...
by Redbird Bernie
Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: Canoeing Safely
Replies: 10
Views: 10761

Patricks Dad said: [quote ]make sure your craft is indeed watertight before you pull these stunts .[/quote] That is an incredible story. So much for quality workmanship and consumer care! How can this company stay in business? Thank goodness for forums like this where information like yours can be s...
by Redbird Bernie
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: Canoeing Safely
Replies: 10
Views: 10761

Except for CatFaber it doesn't seem like too many of us practice rescue techniques until we get dumped. Good link, Glen Solo Rescue Assist http://www.solo-rescue-assist.com/ has some interesting products designed specifically for self rescue. Also posted on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...