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by AlanWS
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: laminating gunwales?
Replies: 7
Views: 3960

I've read descriptions of laminated gunwales, but the reason it was done was for light weight: a thin strip of hardwood provided wear resistance on the outside of gunwales mostly of spruce. If you have a sharp compound bend, it certainly could complicate things. My approach is to avoid such designs....
by AlanWS
Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Canoe feels tippy to novice
Replies: 3
Views: 1915

You might also want to take it out on a warm day while wearing a swimming suit, and capsize it intentionally to see how easily it happens. The seats do sound very high though.
by AlanWS
Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Just a few questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2005

Whether there is any benefit to precoating possibly depends on the epoxy you use. I can see several disadvantages to precoating, but don't see any advantages with the epoxy I use (sys 3 clearcoat or silvertip). Precoating takes longer, and the bond is either worse, or in the best of circumstances, e...
by AlanWS
Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Thinner stems
Replies: 21
Views: 4726

I agree that the first on strip should be widest, because you don't want to cut through when you smooth out the edges. I use three strips, 6", 4", and 2" wide, applied in that order.
by AlanWS
Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Epoxy shelf-life and temptation
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

It should be fine. Check to make sure the resin has not crystallized (you'd see solid at the bottom, and if there you can fix it by warming until it dissolves) and the hardener has been closed properly to prevent soaking up crud from the air (it would likely have darkened significantly, which would ...
by AlanWS
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Real Cane or Synthetic?
Replies: 13
Views: 5588

I used the synthetic cane from hhperkins. It has no stretch at all after several years, and looks exactly the same as natural cane even on fairly close examination. I used it because I had been told that the natural stuff stretched a lot when wet, but that may not be true if properly treated. Anyway...
by AlanWS
Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: mis-matching centre football
Replies: 10
Views: 2634

Woodchuck:

Brilliant!
Here is the tool:
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?Fa ... 00&pcs=fam
by AlanWS
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Cutting strips with a hand held electric circular saw
Replies: 6
Views: 10897

I agree with Bryan that a circular saw can do an excellent job ripping strips. Here is a link to our description with photos: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~durgerian/id5.html At the time I did not have a tablesaw, but having ripped strips for canoes with a tablesaw and with a circular saw, I prefer...
by AlanWS
Tue May 20, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Caning question
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

I built mine as trapezoids, and followed the edge for caning. However, I used an unusual caning pattern designed for that particular trapezoidal shape, which is a regular pentagon, missing one corner. The holes are not evenly spaced for my pattern, but are much closer together than 3/4", which sound...
by AlanWS
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Freedom 15 in the water
Replies: 16
Views: 4668

It's beautiful and traditional looking. Very nice job.
by AlanWS
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnish for cedar strip canoe
Replies: 3
Views: 2467

If it is peeling, I might try a scraper first, then sand what doesn't come off easily.
by AlanWS
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: seat frame: dado instead of mortise/tenon?
Replies: 13
Views: 3146

A half lap should be fine, but I would definitely make the bottom of the crosswise load bearing parts continuous, as the other way would severely compromise strength. Glue with epoxy. That said, if you want mortise and tenon joints, do it. You can chop them by hand, or getting a router may be a fine...
by AlanWS
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Paint
Replies: 9
Views: 2042

I think it looks OK, but can't see myself ever doing it because I like the look of wood so much better.
by AlanWS
Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried crack filling with a syringe and needle?
Replies: 12
Views: 3021

You should not need a syringe. If you put a strip of masking tape on each side, exposing only the crack, and then mix up small amount of epoxy and sawdust, you can put a blob on the tape, and work it down into the crack. Don't worry if it doesn't fill the bottom of the crack, or if it hangs out the ...
by AlanWS
Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: will my canoe fold like a tin can?
Replies: 9
Views: 2392

I agree that it's likely to be pretty strong as is, and worth a try. I'd just try paddling it around for a while first, to see how it handles, before taking it on a long trip. You can always try later to make changes, if they seem necessary. As long as you stay out of whitewater and high waves on a ...