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by phmiller
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ash bottoms for tough river?
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: Ash bottoms for tough river?

I've just read the post Ash Bottoms for Tough River. In my experience canoing on a river full of rocks,logs, sharp stones etc, a layer of epoxy and graphite mix will protect the bottom of your canoe. This is a very tough protective surface which takes a real hammering. Even after scraping over rocks...
by phmiller
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How many strips to build a canoe?
Replies: 6
Views: 2239

Re: How many strips to build a canoe?

Hi John, I've just viewed your post on the Builders Forum. Having lost your email address due to change of computer and change of address etc., have been out of touch. Much water has gone beneath the bridge but I would like to make contact again. I don't know if it's by the rules, but my address is ...
by phmiller
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fairing the inner hull.
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Fairing the inner hull.

Thanks to Hugh and Alick, I've been off line for a while, just checked in today. Regards Patrick.
by phmiller
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Installing the thwart.
Replies: 6
Views: 2446

Re: Installing the thwart.

A quick thank you to those who replied to my post. I'm digesting the information. Regards Patrick.
by phmiller
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Installing the thwart.
Replies: 6
Views: 2446

Installing the thwart.

Hi to those experienced builders. I have a query regarding the installation of the thwart across the centre of the canoe. I built a number of prospector canoes several years ago and currently am working on a Ranger. Fitting the thwart is something that I find most tricky as there are several angles ...
by phmiller
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Strip Gaps and Glue Signs
Replies: 8
Views: 2689

Re: Strip Gaps and Glue Signs

Hi Patrick, a comment from the other side of the world ! I've just read your post and looked at the pictures. Your work looks excellent to me. As has been rightly commented by others, we tend to view our own work with a super critical eye. No one else will notice any imperfections you see. Ron Frene...
by phmiller
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fairing the inner hull.
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Fairing the inner hull.

Thanks for the latest batch of suggestions . Patrick.
by phmiller
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fairing the inner hull.
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Fairing the inner hull.

Brian, Thanks for your comments re the pullshave. When I saw a picture of it on line the radius of the blade seemed to compare to the shape of the curve of the ProPrep scraper I have been using so thought possessing a tool that had a re sharpenable blade would suit me fine. The ProPrep scraper worke...
by phmiller
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fairing the inner hull.
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Fairing the inner hull.

To Jim and Brian, thanks for your replies and suggestions. To add to my original enquiry I've just done a bit more research myself and found something which may be of interest. From the Lee Valley catalogue there is an item which looks interesting, a Veritas Pullshave which has a shallow concave bla...
by phmiller
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fairing the inner hull.
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Fairing the inner hull.

A general question of any of the builders, what is the most useful tool for shaping the inner hull ? I have a ProPrep scraper that has a stainless steel blade that used to work very well. However, it doesn't seem possible to re sharpen it to the same level as the original factory edge. I believe it ...
by phmiller
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Western Red Cedar
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Re: Western Red Cedar

With smaller strips potentially there will be less material to remove when you are fairing the hull so that's got to be a good thing. I have an author who advises this anyway so go to it. Patrick.
by phmiller
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Table of Offsets Chestnut Prospector
Replies: 9
Views: 3021

Re: Table of Offsets Chestnut Prospector

You guys are lucky that inches and their fractions are still standard in North America. Quite a few years ago I wrestled with these unfamiliar measurements. In New Zealand where I live metrics have been standard for a long time. My sons couldn't believe why I would struggle with an old ruler to work...
by phmiller
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Western Red Cedar
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Re: Western Red Cedar

Thanks Jim. I buy from a company that imports logs direct from North America. They tell me the quality of their sawn stock is pretty even except perhaps for the sap wood which can be brittle. I haven't come across any timber with knots so perhaps I am lucky. Patrick.
by phmiller
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Western Red Cedar
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Re: Western Red Cedar

Thanks for your reply Brian. I shall certainly check each piece for weight next time I purchase. Patrick.
by phmiller
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Western Red Cedar
Replies: 15
Views: 5952

Western Red Cedar

I have been following the discussion about sourcing WRC with interest. I live in New Zealand and have had no difficulty in acquiring this timber here. A great deal of WRC is imported into this country for use in the building trade. Any amount is available to anyone who wishes to purchase it. The onl...