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by Cruiser
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Well, the chine didn't defeat me, it is complete, i am happy with the results and have started installing regular strips towards the keel. I really like the tape approach, but decided to try the stretchy plastic film they sell to do pallet wrapping. There was a roll left over from my speaker project...
by Cruiser
Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Trimmed the first strip and actually glued the first strip in place. I didn't get ambitious, simply because I wanted to get used to the tape and cable ties. What a pleasant surprise, it worked really well and I am now set to go all out on the planking, I think the chine part is the only really tough...
by Cruiser
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

I took a second look at the picture, I think it was just the size, made it appear that there was a dowel at the keel line, but it isn't really. I finished lining up the first strips on either side, what a lot of fiddling, but done and looks good. I then took a very deep breath and started carving th...
by Cruiser
Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Hi Randy, I have the molds all installed and have tried the initial strip install, i couldn't wait to see that. But, I think I am going to rethink the start a little, because that step is the most important. I was reviewing your photo log of your Solo build (thank you for that, it is a very good res...
by Cruiser
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 58328

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

I just finished gluing up the stem strips, while they setup I plan on doing final strongback alignment and mold setup for the rest of the day. My strips are sorted, bundled and the first 21 are numbered for installation .... so I can setup the stems, on the molds tomorrow after the epoxy has setup. ...
by Cruiser
Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New (old) Project
Replies: 50
Views: 16469

Re: New (old) Project

Big project, great progress and skill to be envied ..... but the best are the gluing jigs, you just have to love that.
by Cruiser
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Minor Freedom 17'9" update
Replies: 40
Views: 21009

Re: Minor Freedom 17'9" update

I can so relate to how much work the prep is, I completed my strongback (except for final alignment) and used that as the infeed table to the router, it worked really well (actually used it as infeed to the saw for the strips as well).
Just a thought that may be of use.
by Cruiser
Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Hi Randy, I was hoping to have all of my molds done this weekend, but I had a minor setback with the wood. The coving and beading went so well that I routed all of the cedar strips, then realized I should have held back the ones I needed for the inner stems. So back to the lumber yard for more cedar...
by Cruiser
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 70421

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Randy, I am getting very close to actually starting my canoe (read that - making a lot of sawdust currently), the strips are close to complete, strongback is done, but I have not done final setup on SB as I have subverted it as an infeed table for the strips, when that is complete, I will do final b...
by Cruiser
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Basic question - How do you determine grain direction
Replies: 3
Views: 2269

Re: Basic question - How do you determine grain direction

Thanks for the input, I think I have the grain sorted out now. I just used the "feel" approach and marked the end of every board in the group with marker (grain goes in direction of marked end). I started with 2x4s so I kept the boards together, and kept the top and bottom strips together as well (2...
by Cruiser
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Basic question - How do you determine grain direction
Replies: 3
Views: 2269

Basic question - How do you determine grain direction

Now that I am in the middle of making a lot of sawdust (cutting strips), I am making sure to track and order the strips by board. I am also trying to mark the grain direction, so that I can organize the strips and not worry about having grains going both ways. I have been running my fingers down the...
by Cruiser
Sat May 25, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mold Form Material
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Re: Mold Form Material

Jim, I am very fortunate with having access to my neighbours friend, he is a super nice guy, offered to help, answer any questions and come over and help with the glassing step ( that part still has me terrified). So it's like having a safety net for my first build, as well as his experience with lo...
by Cruiser
Fri May 24, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mold Form Material
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Re: Mold Form Material

So ... basically, if I build a second boat, 1/2" forms, but since I have the 3/4" now, it doesn't matter. I was sort of hoping it wasn't a big deal , because returning what I have and getting 1/2" material is a pain.


and thanks for such fast replies.
by Cruiser
Fri May 24, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Mold Form Material
Replies: 6
Views: 3077

Mold Form Material

My wife figured it would take me a month to clear out the garage to reclaim my workshop, I am a bit motivated and had a week off, the recovery is pretty much complete. My neighbor has a friend who has completed 8 canoes ( his 9th is almost completely stripped) and I had a chance to go over and see f...
by Cruiser
Sun May 19, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Stem Material Selection
Replies: 2
Views: 1980

Stem Material Selection

Getting close to starting my build now, wood is ordered, plans are ordered (Freedom Solo) and have started researching the "how" I will execute the various steps. (yes, I am one one of those people who plans out almost the entire job, sometimes several times, before I actually start work). I am curr...