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by HighPlainsDrifter
Wed May 16, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Building a canoe outside?
Replies: 6
Views: 1959

Re: Building a canoe outside?

I like that idea of having rollers on the strong back. If I could I would take all my sanding work outside. I am currently sanding my exterior epoxy. I am doing it using sanding blocks rather than turning on the RO sander. If anyone has a cure for shop dust, post it
by HighPlainsDrifter
Wed May 09, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Bow Measurment
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Re: Bow Measurment

Off-hand........ NO. Stem material is usually 3/4" thick. If your material is 1", then you are only fat by 1/4". If you have not bent the stem material, then run it through a surface planer to get to specs. I would not use the 1" material if you don't modify the stem molds. That extra 1/4" will be a...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Mon May 07, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglass fleck
Replies: 0
Views: 1633

Fiberglass fleck

I just finished my "fiberglass weekend" and thought things went pretty good. I worked alone and my wife did the mixing (an occasional bit of squeegee work). I use Systems III Silver Tip laminating resin with slow hardner and 6 oz glass. I ordered my glass with the resin from Systems III. Shop temper...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Wed May 02, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: seat design
Replies: 4
Views: 1674

Re: seat design

Chipper You need to take a look at other canoe building books. I have a book by Gilpatrick (1993 version). Gilpatrick has a nice section on canoe seat building. He starts the section with a Maine twist on the word "ample". He does that so you will know what he means when he describes his seats as "a...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: outside stem thickness
Replies: 5
Views: 2582

Re: outside stem thickness

I am not a fan of the brass band on the stem. I like the look of wood. I guess I have to ask what the brass band actually protects against. All of my scrapes come from the unseen rock and a brass band would have been useless to protect. If you wet foot, I can't see the need for armor plate on the st...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: tips on trimming plank ends
Replies: 14
Views: 3757

Re: tips on trimming plank ends

I have been watching this post and figured that you went with the belt sander. That tool in my hands can be dangerous (to the canoe). I have one additional "fine-tuning" trick. Basically I did as you did and added one more step to clean up my work: 1) trim with fine tooth saw 2) spoke shave 3) sand-...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Blotchy Hull Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1681

Re: Blotchy Hull Advice

I see a pattern that looks like waves and to me it looks like a sanding problem. Enlarge the picture, lean back from the computer screen (best for my eyes) and look at the first 6 dark planks, left side, and just under the light colored planks. The wave looks like it crosses the grain of the planks ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: gluing pegs into stems
Replies: 3
Views: 1173

Re: gluing pegs into stems

I have used and will use epoxy to peg the holes.
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger
Replies: 127
Views: 128528

Re: 15' 0" Prospector Ranger

I have started a FaceBook public boat building album and that photo album shows more pictures

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 2128d21467
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Glue up: A guide keeps plank from diving below hull surface
Replies: 1
Views: 3572

Glue up: A guide keeps plank from diving below hull surface

Problem: Long angles and short planks can be difficult to handle. Under the tension of bending a plank just enough to get the bead (point) heading home (into the cove), a point can dive below the hull surface with just a slight relaxing of your grip and unfortunate alignment. The dive can break off ...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 7984

Re: Varnish recommendation

I looked in Ted's book for a specific varnish. No name mentioned. But if you look at the picture on page 175 (6th printing) you will see a can of Pettit and a can of Epifanes (both top of the line products). I think by the time you reach the varnish stage, you do not want to cut corners. Use the bes...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Router bits.
Replies: 2
Views: 1946

Re: Router bits.

Order on line from MLCS. They will process orders for international customers. I bought a MLCS "stacked" 1/4" shaft bead and cove bit for $27.95. I have milled about 1600 linear feet of bead/cove with this router bit and it is still good to go. I think it was a good buy. http://www.mlcswoodworking.c...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Easy scuppers
Replies: 4
Views: 5528

Re: Easy scuppers

good idea
I do not follow use of a 1" spade bit. On a 3/4" gunwale that would be about a 1/2" round (+ - saw kerf). That seems a bit deep
by HighPlainsDrifter
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: varnish brushes
Replies: 2
Views: 1273

Re: varnish brushes

I think 7 canoes puts you in the "near expert" category :) I found that putting down an even coat of varnish was a bit of a challenge. I have built 1 canoe (working on a second). On my first canoe, I put 6 coats on the outside. By the 6th, I was getting the hang of it. But even then, I found a sag o...
by HighPlainsDrifter
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Sanding Cured Epoxy
Replies: 6
Views: 2691

Re: Sanding Cured Epoxy

3M Stikit (attachment), Gold Sheet Rolls
80 and 120 grit
Expensive but keeps cutting when other cheap papers give up