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by tom in caledonia
Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:50 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: prototype canoe passenger seat
Replies: 5
Views: 2005

Hi Joseph, I like it! A great idea for those with backs that need some more support. When you install it in your canoe, how will you do it? Are you going to raise it up 9 to 10"? How will you make it quick and easy to take out? Cross-pieces running the same direction as the ribs? So many questions.....
by tom in caledonia
Wed May 31, 2006 6:51 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bolting seats to gunwhales
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Morning Rob. Just got back from Calgary, hence the late reply. I'd like to see your canoe sometime. I'll contact you shortly to set up a time. Thanks.
by tom in caledonia
Thu May 25, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bolting seats to gunwhales
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Thanks for your replies guys. Rob, are you in Hamilton ON? I'd love to take a look at your Redbird if you are. What kind of wood did you use for your 1 piece spacers? Dimensions? Thanks Glen, now I know. I'll keep that in mind for the next one and I can still leave space between hull and seats on th...
by tom in caledonia
Thu May 25, 2006 6:49 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bolting seats to gunwhales
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

I'm hanging my seats from the gunwales with ~2" spacers. I've pretty much cut my seats to fit tight to the hull. Do most people do this or leave space between seat and hull? Good idea WRT the scabs, I think that I may do that. Thanks.
by tom in caledonia
Wed May 24, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bolting seats to gunwhales
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Thanks Greg. I may try that. I was even considering putting a slight bend in the bolt just where it exits the bottom of the inwale. I don't want to compromise the strength of the bolt though. The thing that bothers me, is that I want to drill through the inwale in such a way as to maximize the stren...
by tom in caledonia
Wed May 24, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bolting seats to gunwhales
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Bolting seats to gunwhales

Hi everyone, I'm at the stage of bolting the seats to the gunnels and have come across a bit of a problem. I'm making a Redbird which has a fair amount of tumblehome. (I also added one strip to the shearline to make things worse). This results in some degree of bevel in the gunnels, especially at th...
by tom in caledonia
Wed May 10, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Freedom 15' 3" and 16' 2" Solo - New Design Ready
Replies: 11
Views: 2921

I thought it looked a little small but wanted to make sure. Thanks
by tom in caledonia
Wed May 10, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Freedom 15' 3" and 16' 2" Solo - New Design Ready
Replies: 11
Views: 2921

Hi Steve, Nice canoe!
How do you think the 16'2" would perform as a tandem? I'm just completing my Redbird and I'm looking for something slightly smaller but will still need two seats. I was considering a Bob's or Prospector but these plans look really nice.
Thanks in advance.
Tom
by tom in caledonia
Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Caning seats
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

I just looked at your photos Dave. Wow, nice seats. Martin Step strikes again. One of these days perhaps...
by tom in caledonia
Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Caning seats
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

I've heard that book mentioned many times over the last 2 years. I'm convinced now that it's one that I'll have to get. Thanks guys.
by tom in caledonia
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Caning seats
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

Thanks for your quick reply Scot T. What you say makes sense. I'll try your suggestion and perhaps even the Mozart but I may have to change to Pink Floyd later.
Cheers.
Tom
by tom in caledonia
Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Caning seats
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

Caning seats

Hi all. I'm just about ready to try my hand at caning. I've made traditional 10" x 15" seats and was wondering about hole size and spacing. Does anyone have a favourite spacing or one that works and looks better? Also, what size cane is best? I'm likely going to do the 7 step weave. Thanks in advance.
by tom in caledonia
Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:55 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Killarney in Focus
Replies: 1
Views: 898

Oy! More development in one of the most beautiful wilderness parks around. Kind of depressing. I did the Silhouette trail in Killarney in September and camped on David Lake. It was really nice although several cottages and powerboats could be seen in the near vicinity. Unfortunately, they have been ...
by tom in caledonia
Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: long storage partially finished boat
Replies: 12
Views: 2973

I left my fully stripped Redbird on the forms in an unheated garage this past winter and had no problems. It was not glassed. I covered it with an old sheet but otherwise it was exposed to the ambient conditions inside the garage. These conditions ranged from extreme cold (-20F) to mild (30+ F) and ...
by tom in caledonia
Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: problems bonding walnut to cherry
Replies: 13
Views: 3410

Thanks Glen. I did the unthickened epoxy on both walnut and cherry until saturated but the walnut obviously was not interested. I'll try the solvent and sanding next time. Right now, I'm off for a 7 day backpacking trip in Killarney. The canoe will have to wait a week. Yeeha!