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by Doug Carey
Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH
Replies: 5
Views: 6231

Re: KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH

Thanks for that heads up Brian.......I never even thought about that important feature. Sounds like I will be sticking with the good old fiberglass cloth that we used on the 3 other canoes that we built. I might as well cover over the cedar with canvas then and not even worry about being able to see...
by Doug Carey
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:42 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH
Replies: 5
Views: 6231

Re: KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH

Hello Jim........thanks for the heads up on using Kevlar v:s fiberglass cloth. I am planning on building another cedar strip canoe this winter and was considering whether to use what I was told was a "lighter and stronger" material than f/g cloth. I have not sourced a local supplier for that materia...
by Doug Carey
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH
Replies: 5
Views: 6231

KEVLAR v:s FIBERGLASS CLOTH

wondering about the merits of using Kevlar cloth rather than fiberglass cloth on cedar strip canoe to try to save weight..........any thoughts would be appreciated as I am contemplating building another canoe this winter
by Doug Carey
Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:09 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 18
Views: 5482

varnish runs

I appreciate the suggestions and also the successful results (Stuart!) I guess when you are as inexperienced as I am, I rely on other experienced people to guide me. It is very frustrating when the store selling the varnish does not recommend using the proper thinner to obtain best results. I am usi...
by Doug Carey
Thu Jun 15, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 18
Views: 5482

preventing runs/sags in spar varnish

I appreciate your comments about thinning the varnish out before applying. Does it matter what is used as thinner..........I mean do I have to use Varsol.......Turpentine.........Laquer thinner.........or do I need to buy something special? In your experience, does it help to apply the varnish using...
by Doug Carey
Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:58 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 18
Views: 5482

varnish runs

Thanks for the suggestions..........what about the idea of thinning the varnish before applying, regardless of whether it is sprayed, rolled or brushed?
I noticed in some of the other builders comments that they had thinned their spar varnish.
Appreciate any comments.
Thanks,
Doug
by Doug Carey
Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 18
Views: 5482

major problems with runs and sags in my spar varnish coats

Well people.........after working on my "Prospector" since December 2005, I am finally at the last stage of applying the 3 coats inside and 3 outside the hull..........I bought what I was told is the ultimate in spar varnish products (at $32.00 per litre!). I have wet sanded between coats and am get...
by Doug Carey
Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: spar varnish over untreated (un-epoxied) wood trim?
Replies: 23
Views: 5513

APPLYING EPOXY COATS BEFORE INSTALLING GUNWALES............?

Just a thought..........is it wise to apply the 1, 2 or 3 epoxy coats to the outer gunwales before installing them (as a way of trying to minimize dripping fresh unthickened epoxy on the smooth exterior ofthe hull)? In an attempt to reduce the possible mess this might cause, my bigger concern is tha...
by Doug Carey
Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: spar varnish over untreated (un-epoxied) wood trim?
Replies: 23
Views: 5513

epoxy coating trim before spar varnish coat(s)

I took some other builders suggestion and coated the "scuppers" with un-thickened epoxy before we installed the inwales (using thickened epoxy). Based on what I have been reading from others in response to my original question, I am glad that I took that advise, and I have now decided that we will s...
by Doug Carey
Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:40 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: spar varnish over untreated (un-epoxied) wood trim?
Replies: 23
Views: 5513

sealing trim with West before applying spar varnish

I appreciate the suggestions, because I really want the work to stand the test of time. The spar varnish is designed more to provide a U.V. protection is it not, rather than to actually seal the wood? Is this more true because the trim is hardwood (ie. not as porous as the cedar and mahogony)? I wan...
by Doug Carey
Tue May 31, 2005 6:29 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: spar varnish over untreated (un-epoxied) wood trim?
Replies: 23
Views: 5513

spar varnish over untreated (un-epoxied) wood trim?

I am coming down the home stretch with the gunwales, thwart and decks, and I am wondering about the merits of applying one coat of West epoxy to the raw wood (ash gunwales/thwart and mahogony decks). I have developed a great deal of respect for just how much the West epoxy soaks into wood as a way o...
by Doug Carey
Tue May 24, 2005 4:02 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Seat Placement
Replies: 7
Views: 3700

SEAT PLACEMENT PER FORMULA ?!?!?!?

Well I did try the idea of getting my wife to sit down on a mock-up of the front seat and relative placement to the bulkhead that we are installing, and from that decided where to locate her seat. I then used that dimension to insert into the formula in the canoecraft book, and guess what? No matter...
by Doug Carey
Tue May 24, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: traction / anti slip additive for inside of hull
Replies: 12
Views: 3481

anti skid material installation

I am planning on taking Glen's suggestion and applying some compound in the second spar varnish coat (probably by masking off an area at both the front and rear seat areas) and then applying a full third coat over the entire interior of the hull. I like the idea that this will offer some grip but no...
by Doug Carey
Fri May 20, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: traction / anti slip additive for inside of hull
Replies: 12
Views: 3481

ANTI-SKID FINISH..........

Thanks again for your hands-on experience. I realize from the book that the idea is to leave some roughness in the epoxy resin on the interior of the hull, but, we decided to wet sand the inside after we applied the second coat (as we did on the outside after the third coat) This technique really fi...
by Doug Carey
Fri May 20, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Seat Placement
Replies: 7
Views: 3700

SEAT PLACEMEMENT TIPS

I really appreciate the suggestions...............Your ideas make much more sense than what I was trying to figure out. p.s. I have been reading other crafters suggestions for and against making the front seat frame adjustable............is this an important feature when in my case only my wife and ...