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by Rabbit
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: bird mouth router bits
Replies: 6
Views: 4266

Re: bird mouth router bits

I've always just used a table saw set at a 45 degree angle. The router bit approach might be a bit easier (although may take a bit more setup time). pd: when you use your method, you are stuck with 8 sides, and you always have that little bit of extra material sticking up past the level of the timb...
by Rabbit
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: bird mouth router bits
Replies: 6
Views: 4266

bird mouth router bits

hi all :) been a while since i posted last. every so often i get e-mail from a tool shop that specialises in wood working tools. usually i just glance and delete them as junk mail. this time something caught my attention. router bits specifically designed for bird mouth construction. not only that, ...
by Rabbit
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Is a 47 year old resin covering removable by heat?
Replies: 23
Views: 6712

Re: Is a 47 year old resin covering removable by heat?

wow that's a bit of a mess! paint can hide a multitude of sins. as far as the fine cracks go, i faced similar issues when i had to repair the damage to my hull when it and the strongback were blown over by strong winds. i used unthickend epoxy which seeped into the cracks and stabilised the structur...
by Rabbit
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:57 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Few fiber glassing questions
Replies: 9
Views: 3712

Re: Few fiber glassing questions

certainly a dry layup is easier. most people here when they talk about pre-coating are talking about a seal coat that is allowed to dry. my epoxy manufacturer is a bit different. they specifically state that their product is most effective with wet on wet application. the first coat contains a timbe...
by Rabbit
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: low angle double paddle build
Replies: 8
Views: 7786

Re: low angle double paddle build

i had originally planned on posting this once i had a chance to try it out, but i got diagnosed with a hernia, so i had to stop taking the canoe out. then i had surgery, and now i have to wait for some time to recover before i'll be able to lift the canoe on and off the car... not being entirely hap...
by Rabbit
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Stem material
Replies: 7
Views: 3141

Re: Stem material

i'm with cruiser on this one. i reckon the outer stems are likely to take some abuse. whilst i have read that some people use softwoods, for the sake of a few grams i'd rather use hardwood. you could compromise since the stems are generally laminated and use a lighter, softer wood for some laminatio...
by Rabbit
Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 15
Views: 9395

Re: Varnishing

as far as cost goes, the clear i mainly use for everything apart from my canoe goes for about $72us per quart in my part of the world plus another $76us for the catalyst. cost of reducer is negligible. if i'm prepping a substrate other than base, i usually wet sand with 500grit wet and dry. for some...
by Rabbit
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 15
Views: 9395

Re: Varnishing

you have to remember that your average punter isn't set up for spraying automotive urethane. *if* you have access to the right safety equipment and a spray booth with a heater to bake it then sure, it can be fast, but if you don't, it's nasty stuff for the unwary and if you don't bake it, it can tak...
by Rabbit
Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Deck Length
Replies: 5
Views: 2762

Re: Deck Length

well wmegl, for me the length of deck was mostly dictated by the choice to add bulkheads fore and aft. my bobs also had curved stems, but not quite as much as the redbird. it mostly had to be long enough to get past the end of the stems. i also wanted to show off the timber that i used. i think that...
by Rabbit
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Transfers onto wood
Replies: 2
Views: 4245

Re: Transfers onto wood

Watching the Canoecraft DVD with Nick Offerman he uses a printer and acetone to transfer a design onto his wooden canoe. When I've experimented the design has come out very faint. :thinking hi antony :) it's been a while since i last watched the dvds, so i had to re-watch the section. he dosn't use...
by Rabbit
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Cracked hull help!
Replies: 13
Views: 5901

Re: Cracked hull help!

if you are mixing varnish types you had better be sure that the water based substrate has had enough time not just to dry, but to cure. some water based varnishes can be less than high gloss. i seem to recall glen mentioning a water based spar varnish that finished with a high gloss. in my case i us...
by Rabbit
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:26 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Next Project
Replies: 31
Views: 8242

Re: Next Project

hmm, maybe i'm imaging things, but to me it looks like the hull veneer is made from a single plank of timber. any blemish that went through the plank would be in all the strips of veneer crated from that plank. :thinking a good scrub with warm soapy water should be fine, so long as it's rinsed off. ...
by Rabbit
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Next Project
Replies: 31
Views: 8242

Re: Next Project

nice!

looks like a honest, strait forward boat with nothing to distract you from it's lines. i'm a bit surprised not to see ribs! is that a plywood/glass composite? :thinking
by Rabbit
Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: double paddle for solo canoe?
Replies: 11
Views: 9440

Re: double paddle for solo canoe?

wellp... i took the new paddle out for a spin. the shaft and blades when i was making it seemed to have a degree of flexibility greater than i thought would be good. as it turns out, i didn't notice any flex. it was much easier to paddle with than the single blade paddles. part of that might have to...
by Rabbit
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Help with strips please
Replies: 30
Views: 10368

Re: Help with strips please

mrcanoehead: keep in mind that the hull is a composite. no single one component is wholly responsible for it's strength, so if your strips are too thin it could be a problem. you might also find the curve of the bead and cove is too shallow. i ended up having to re-bead and cove all my bought strips...