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by Tommy
Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Adding floatation to a wood strip canoe
Replies: 7
Views: 2264

re: floatation I built a cedarstrip floatation / wanigan that fits in the bow (or stern). I've only used it once as a wanigan and only a couple of times as floatation when playing in rapids (base camping for a weekend). In the latter role the design functioned quite well. But I wouldn't use it tripp...
by Tommy
Tue Jun 14, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Graphite on the hull
Replies: 5
Views: 1772

There is no need to varnish over the area that has been coated with graphite. The black surface of graphite prevents any penetration of UV light. Varnish will also negate the lubricating properties of graphite. Rocks tend to bite into varnish. With graphite the hull will slide over the rocks with le...
by Tommy
Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: mortise and tennon joint for seats... details pls!
Replies: 13
Views: 3525

If the mortise and tenon are not a perfect fit, use thickened epoxy (sanding dust is fine). This will fill any gaps.
by Tommy
Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: GLassed inside of hull - is one coat enough?
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

Noah's Marine sells small bottles of epoxy. I know they have MAS and West in various size bottles.
by Tommy
Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mixing sawdust with epoxy
Replies: 8
Views: 4608

Depends on what you mean by "strong". It is my understanding that colodial silica makes a "harder" finish for, as they say, abrasion resistance. They are like little glass beads. That is why I mixed it in with my graphite/epoxy for the bottom of my canoe. But for a "strong" bond when glueing two ite...
by Tommy
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:38 pm
Forum: Paddles, Techniques, Boat Transportation, Storage & Maintenance
Topic: Epoxy on paddle blade tip
Replies: 3
Views: 7217

I use straight epoxy, no filler. Suspend the paddle in a little mold full of epoxy, then scrape and sand to shape after it has hardened. I wonder if using filler would prevent chipping of the epoxy tip. As I've mentioned elsewhere, a paddle tip isn't really the right application for graphite, which ...
by Tommy
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:27 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mixing sawdust with epoxy
Replies: 8
Views: 4608

I used sanding dust thickened epoxy for filleting. Thats how all my trim is glued on and it has been fine. That is also what I use for laminating paddles. I've also used fine sawdust for epoxying broken chairs, etc. Even used it as a filler for a small repair on my car!
by Tommy
Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: S-glass in Canada?
Replies: 7
Views: 2084

I believe RAKA carries it. They are in Florida but ship to Canada all the time.
by Tommy
Thu Mar 24, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Shrinking the Redbird to 15' will this work out ok?
Replies: 18
Views: 5274

There are people out there who have done what you are talking about with the Redbird. Unfortunately, their comments were lost when this forum was reconfigured. Be patient and keep bumping this message to the top for the next little while in the hope they may still be monitoring these forums. I did s...
by Tommy
Fri Jan 21, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 15' 9" Huron Cruiser
Replies: 4
Views: 12651

Modified Huron; weight reduction techniques; graphite; etc.

This link will take you through my experience building a modified Huron Cruiser:

http://tomangelakis.tripod.com/Cedarstrip.htm

Included are reviews of construction techniques and graphite bottom after 3 seasons of use.
by Tommy
Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:55 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New builder and design forum on CCR
Replies: 0
Views: 1540

New builder and design forum on CCR

By popular demand there is a new Building and Design forum on the CanadianCanoeRoutes website. It is not just for cedarstripper construction. It is meant for any/all contruction methods and materials and design discussions, paddles, wanigans, etc. But there are invariably discussions about cedarstri...
by Tommy
Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Cedarstrip whitewater playboats
Replies: 1
Views: 1193

Cedarstrip whitewater playboats

I hate to see the Bear Mountain gang missing out on a good discussion: Whitewater playboats on the CanadianCanoeRoutes forum.
by Tommy
Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:33 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ultra Light (solo) Canoe
Replies: 16
Views: 11039

The Dacron boats are light. But be sure you are not comparing apples to oranges. Geodisic Aerolites' home page mentioned above boasts an 8 lb canoe. But it has only a 150 lb capacity. Looking at their other designs I can see that even their larger solos have insufficient capacity for my body weight ...
by Tommy
Tue Nov 16, 2004 6:12 pm
Forum: Choosing a Design
Topic: Need help choosing canoe
Replies: 12
Views: 9694

Don't give up on the two identical canoes idea. You may find a significant performance difference between whichever two different canoe designs. This may cause some problems. One canoe may be faster and always having to wait. The other canoe slower and always having to work harder to keep up. The ki...
by Tommy
Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:46 am
Forum: Choosing a Design
Topic: question about Huron Cruiser
Replies: 4
Views: 5507

The Huron is a quick boat, especially with two people paddling. It is relatively narrow with sharp entry lines. You can get a sense of that from some of the finished pics on my site mentioned in a previous post. It does feel a bit wobbly at first but I've been happy with the secondary stability and ...