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by WMegl
Wed May 15, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon

Jim: Thanks for your reply. I don't think it will weaken the inwale because I will be adding to it's depth with the additional piece and as you know, epoxy is stronger than the wood. I can't mortise the yoke to a 3/4 in. inner gunwale- that's too thin- 1/4 in. on top, a 1/4 in. tenon, and 1/4 in. on...
by WMegl
Tue May 14, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: brass screws for hanging seats

I was able to braze brass screws to threaded rod to make screws long enough for my seat supports. I wanted them to be brass and hex flathead screws and after much searching, couldn't find them in 5 in. lengths. The only question I still have is if the brazed joint is strong enough. If a 200 lb. pers...
by WMegl
Tue May 14, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon

I created a folder on Google Photos and here's the link. Please let me know if this doesn't work.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wnRFGme6Vt2cvz319

Thanks.
by WMegl
Tue May 14, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Attaching middle thwart with a mortise and tenon

On my Redbird, I intend to attach the middle thwart with a mortise and tenon joint. I entend to epoxy a short block under the inner gunwale to provide a little more meat for a thicker tenon. What thickness tenon would you recommend? I go by the rule of thirds: a third of the thickness above and belo...
by WMegl
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: brass screws for hanging seats

Jim: I spoke with my welding supply company and was informed that brazing would be an adequate fix. I have brazing rod, so I ordered all my hardware: 1-1/2 inch brass, flathead #10 X 24 bolts(these were the longes they had with hex heads), brass finish washers, brass flat washers, brass nylock nuts,...
by WMegl
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: brass screws for hanging seats

Thanks to all for your replies. I contacted Top Notch Fasteners and the thinnest silicon-bronze bolt they carry is 1/4 in. I agree with sedges that a 1/4 in. bolt is too thick for the inner gunwale. Mine are 5/8 in. at the top and just under 7/8 in. at the bottom. Canoe Craft calls for a 3/16 in. bo...
by WMegl
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

brass screws for hanging seats

Does anyone have a suggestion on where I could find 6 in. long, #10 brass machine screws for hanging my seats? My preiminary measurements indicate my longest bolt will be 5 in., but I don't want to cut it too close. I have tried Home Depot, Fastenal, BoltDepot, Fastenere, Hillman, Grainger, MSC, and...
by WMegl
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: How many strips to build a canoe?
Replies: 6
Views: 2084

Re: How many strips to build a canoe?

Fyi, to check your calculations, I'm building a Redbird and used 71 strips. This does not include the short strips at the bow and stern that fill in the "upsweep" of the Redbird's design.

Seventy one (71) does include the shorter strips used in closing the football, and I mirror imaged every strip.
by WMegl
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Water-based stain under epoxy?
Replies: 6
Views: 4031

Re: Water-based stain under epoxy?

I am using West System epoxies, so I called them about using stains under their product. They said water based stains are ok. I stained some of my accent strips and it appears the epoxy stuck to these strips well. This was done over a year ago. This link may work better: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vr...
by WMegl
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Varnishing

Brian: Good information.

Thanks.
by WMegl
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Varnishing

Brian: Thank you for your reply.

Your answer is what I was expecting. I will thin with an amount of mineral spirits that I find workable. I would imagine that since I am applying less varnish every coat, I can make up for it by applying more coats.

Thanks again.
by WMegl
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Varnishing

I am varnishing my seats made out of walnut and I followed the Epifanes directions on thinning with mineral spirits: First coat: 50% (That really worked great. The reduced varnish really soaked into the wood.) Second coat: 25% Third coat: 15% Next four coats: 0-5%. I'm finding that the 0-5% reductio...
by WMegl
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: 4th epoxy coat
Replies: 1
Views: 1508

4th epoxy coat

I have applied 3 coats of epoxy resin with 6 lb. cloth to the outside of my Redbird and there are several spots where I can see the cloth pattern. They are bout the size of a quarter and the surface is smooth. I suspect I was either too aggressive with the squeegee removing excess epoxy during appli...
by WMegl
Sat May 06, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: cane seats 2
Replies: 8
Views: 2875

Re: cane seats 2

The link I sent should direct you to an album that has 65 pictures.

Patricks Dad: Thank you for the link. Good information.