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by HighPlainsDrifter
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: variation in strip thickness
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

Re: variation in strip thickness

You will have a headache trying to bead and cove strips that are of different thickness (voice of experience)........ and if you manage to bead and cove, you will end up with another headache trying to plank up the hull with different thickness strips. I would (and have done just that) run the batch...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mounting yoke under gunnels
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: Mounting yoke under gunnels

Picture shows what I did to my center thwart/yoke to meet the gunwale. The bevel on the thwart was not that difficult to do and I am satisfied I also beveled my seat hangers to be plumb and square with the frame of the seat. The picture does not show the angle on the hanger but you can see that the ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Re: Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?

Rod, I never gave the VOC's a thought. I have used Pettit in the past. I liked the way it went down and stuck with what I was familiar with....... but in other years I did my varnish work with windows open. Too late now to change. Pettit Z-Spar Flagship 2015 ( VOC of 410 g/l) by comparison Epifanes ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Re: Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?

Thanks Rod My shop is attached to the house as an extension to the garage. I heat the space with "cove heaters" (radiant heat). I am working on a low tech (and cheap) solution to move just a bit of air through the shop. I am planning on mounting a cheap (70 cfm) bathroom fan to a piece of plywood th...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Ventilating a small shop in winter: Any Tricks?

Varnish work stands before me as well as winter. My shop is small (roughly 15’ wide, 20’long and with 8’ ceilings). Varnish work in a “well ventilated” space is hard to do when the beast of winter lies in wait outside my door. Yesterday I put the first coat of varnish on the inside hull and trim of ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: splinters glassed outer hull.......finaly!
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: splinters glassed outer hull.......finaly!

So, this is the hull of hard knocks and she looks none the worse for her ride on the wind. I tried to find the cracks. I could not......... Congratulations. She looks great
by HighPlainsDrifter
Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Think I built my last canoe
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

Re: Think I built my last canoe

I am sorry to hear this. Your story is hitting close to home (but not to the extent of your injuries). I have had to deal with shoulder problems for years and at 64 I am finally figuring out that I better change the ways I do things. I am sure you will figure out how to get that Ranger on the water....
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger
Replies: 127
Views: 128472

Re: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger

It has been a while since I posted an update of progress on my Ranger. So, as of today: ** Gunwales are on (glued and screwed) ** Gunwale screw holes will be plugged ** Black walnut used on seats and trim work ** The picture shows a light colored wood for my seat hangers. That wood is scrap plywood ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Epoxy trim before varnishing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Re: Epoxy trim before varnishing?

Yes, I do just that.

Jamestown Supply has a nice article on the benefits of epoxy before varnish

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/us ... est+System
by HighPlainsDrifter
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Cutting scuppers into a scarf joint ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1032

Cutting scuppers into a scarf joint ?

What are the opinions on cutting scuppers into scarf joints?

My scarf tapers were cut at an angle of 1:8 and I did not want to weaken this joint by removing ¼” of material with a scupper cut.
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding inside bow and stern
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: Sanding inside bow and stern

I fashion sanding blocks for difficult areas from closed cell foam. I use self stick 3M Gold sandpaper on my blocks. The paper lasts and cuts material fast (bit spendy but worth it). If you don't have the self stick paper, then make your own with spray on adhesive. Use your scrapers before you pick ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger
Replies: 127
Views: 128472

Re: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger

It was a good Father's Day boat building weekend. The inside of the Ranger has the glass and has a second (and last) coat. I am looking forward to wood work rather than epoxy work. Epoxy stresses me out. There is no room for error and no time for a beer break :) I tended to follow Ted Moore's book o...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: bowline hole
Replies: 9
Views: 3991

Re: bowline hole

I'm going to put them on my Prospector. They're machined from 3/4" bronze rod with a 3/8" hole and a lip which will sit on the outer hull (they look like little 'topless' top hats)' One will be epoxied in from each side at each end, so I need four in all. I epoxied small cedar blocks which sit agai...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri May 25, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger
Replies: 127
Views: 128472

Re: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger

Yesterday was a "watershed moment" for me and the Ranger. I released her from the molds and I finally could step back and look at her lines. I am pleased with what I see. I sanded the exterior glassing job before taking the canoe off. Getting a good feather job on my bias strips (up to 4 layers of b...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri May 25, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: so far so good
Replies: 12
Views: 4467

Re: so far so good

I wish I could visualize this "towel roll out" that you guys are talking about. Are you laying paper towels on top of the wet resin/glass and then rolling? Does the towel lift off the hull w/o leaving scraps behind? A picture or link to this technique would sure be helpful (to me)