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by Patricks Dad
Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:33 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: cost
Replies: 24
Views: 7620

Our canoe project as been a boon for new tool purchases but we are keeping track of all material costs. Its getting cold in Chicago as well (6 F yesterday morning). Our garage is unheated but has a furnace in it to heat the office above the garage. We have found that a 1500 Watt electric heater and ...
by Patricks Dad
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:00 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Outer Stem shaping
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Outer Stem shaping

I'd appreciate some insights on shaping the outer stem on the redbird. Any reason to not epoxy it in place and then shape it to match the hull rather than attempt to shape it before installing it? I was thinking that if we epoxied it in place first, we wouldn't have to fool with clamping in a vise, ...
by Patricks Dad
Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:40 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Don`t cut planks while talking to your little son....
Replies: 9
Views: 3055

Not sure where that's going to end up. I'm sure it will find itself in a prominent place in my son's room. It really is a hoot to work on this project with my son. At 16, he's no doubt tempted with lots of other things he could be doing (in the case of homework - "should" be doing). I'm very proud t...
by Patricks Dad
Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:50 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Outer Stem question
Replies: 3
Views: 1573

Outer Stem question

Patrick and I took a crack at dry fitting the stern outer stem on our redbird this evening. After cutting it to length and strapping it down at the keel line, we noticed a few small gaps as we pulled it into place in a couple other places. The gaps are visible if you look at the right angle and hold...
by Patricks Dad
Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:45 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Break Time
Replies: 16
Views: 5345

MT, Awesome job. I just sit here looking at it with my mouth open (my wife can't figure out what I'm doing - she knows I'm nuts anyway). Congratulations on your work so far. I look forward to seeing the finished product sometime in '05.

Thanks for sharing the photo.
by Patricks Dad
Sun Dec 12, 2004 10:15 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Don`t cut planks while talking to your little son....
Replies: 9
Views: 3055

Dean, Not sure exactly what you are looking for but I have lots of pictures (over 400). I have sent you a link to the last 200 or so. Let me know if you find what you are looking for. I haven't uploaded any pictures of the mortise yet. Anyone else who would like like to look at them can find them at...
by Patricks Dad
Sun Dec 12, 2004 9:46 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Don`t cut planks while talking to your little son....
Replies: 9
Views: 3055

Glen, Great pictures. Much more thorough description of the procedure than the book. Patrick and I spent this past weekend cutting the mortises on our Redbird. We're just about ready to put on the stems and shape them. Your pictures and descriptions are very helpful. Thanks for taking the time (as u...
by Patricks Dad
Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:50 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: CUTTING THE CENTER LINE
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

For cutting the compound angles on the strips so that they mate well with the centerline, we used a plane. We pretty much followed the directions in the Canoecraft book (with a couple interpretations along the line). It's not as difficult as it appears to begin with. The other thing to keep in mind ...
by Patricks Dad
Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:34 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Redbird update
Replies: 6
Views: 2327

The contrast between the dark and light strips is really more than the picture shows. The light strips are pretty light. The darker strips when wet are pretty dark. The strips in between which fade from dark to light (stern to bow) match pretty well the dark and light on either side of them. The acc...
by Patricks Dad
Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:47 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Redbird update
Replies: 6
Views: 2327

Redbird update

Patrick and I placed the last cedar strip on our canoe this weekend. Now for the outer stems and lots of sanding. Below is a picture (the stitching together of several pictures didn't go too well but you get the idea): http://img.groundspeak.com/cache/log/15488d67-01a9-4782-a25b-08ba54fd293a.jpg Pho...
by Patricks Dad
Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:54 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglassing
Replies: 11
Views: 3605

A follow-on question for the glass-masters... I've read several website descriptions of the glassing process which have all been very informative. But haven't seen anyone suggest the following. I'm wondering what the downsides or difficulties one might encounter. I'd appreciate your assessment. I wa...
by Patricks Dad
Sun Nov 28, 2004 1:35 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Last few strips - Compound angles
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

Boy, I gotta confess, it's not as easy as I was thinking it was getting. After boasting about getting 3 correct right off the bat, we short changed the next 3 boards! :oops: I'm humbled. Hope tomorrow (er, today) is a better day.

Thanks again for all the advice.
by Patricks Dad
Sat Nov 27, 2004 5:23 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Last few strips - Compound angles
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

While it seemed scary to begin with it indeed is easier than it appears. We've put 3 strips on so far and having goofed one up too bad yet. The bevel on the 2nd strip was a bit steep but I think it will fill in fine with epoxy when we glass the inside. Now that we're away from station 6 on the Redbi...
by Patricks Dad
Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:21 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Last few strips - Compound angles
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

Last few strips - Compound angles

Patrick and I have been make slow but rewarding progress on our Redbird. We have completed 1 side and have planed the centerline true and plumb (it's been a hoot so far). We are about to start the final assault on the other side. The next challenge we see is the very acute, beveled angles on the end...
by Patricks Dad
Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:17 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Rolling Bevel question
Replies: 5
Views: 3657

Guys, This evening I measured the plans for the Redbird. The height of the center of Station 7 is 20 5/8 inches. The height of the Stem mold where it joins with station 7 is 20" With the addition of 3/4" stem on top of the stem mold that leaves the top of the stem resting 1/8" ABOVE the point of Sta...