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by Jim Dodd
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Treatment of inner stems before glass?
Replies: 2
Views: 1086

Re: Treatment of inner stems before glass?

I've heard of some laying in a fillet of filled epoxy, on both sides of the stem, before glassing.

I build stemless and this is one of the benefits of that ! I just overlap the excess glass in the ends. Tuck it in with a stick, or putty knife and I'm done !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector
Replies: 8
Views: 1577

Re: Just finished on the water. 16 Prospector

Great job Mike !
A pat on the back is well deserved !

Anybody can START a canoe ! FINISHING one is a real accomplishment !!!

I always say building a canoe is a little like learning to pedal a bike ! Once you learn, you never forget !
Maybe another in your future ?

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition
Replies: 182
Views: 28062

Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

I remember not being able to wait for my seats ! It was in January, and I had just a little open water after a warm spell.

Looks great Jim !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33690

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Another composite builder that you may learn from.

http://www.canoetripping.net/forums/for ... -copy-kite

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: 17' 0" Freedom
Replies: 114
Views: 33690

Re: 17' 0" Freedom

Great job Randy ! I've been out of town, so missed a lot. I like the seat mounting ! plenty adequate ! I don't know if you've seen any of Alan's work ? He lives a little over an hour away from me, and so we've hooked up as builders. Alan is quite computer Savy, and has designed his canoes, using Del...
by Jim Dodd
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: New Stands for canoes
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

New Stands for canoes

Struggling to finish my gunnels. I came up with a way to tip my canoe upside down, so I could Watco my gunnels, without getting my shiny new hull slathered with Watco drips. I put gravity to use ! Pics first. http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y390/JimDodd/IMG_2599_zpsbhb6zr9t.jpg http://i1272.phot...
by Jim Dodd
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Pearl
Replies: 0
Views: 1073

Pearl

I've toyed with this design for years, and I've finally resorted to making a copy of the original. I'm not going to type a lot of info, but rather let my pics do the taking. http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y390/JimDodd/IMG_2265_zps5zdu5ctf.jpg http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y390/JimDodd/IMG...
by Jim Dodd
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1968

Re: brass screws for hanging seats

A Threaded collar may be better, than welding ? As a Welder, it would be hard to weld, and maintain the strength of a threaded rod, of that small of a diameter. I replaced gunnels on a friends stripper, that the original builder used SS #10 - 24 threaded countersink phillips headed bolts. The hanger...
by Jim Dodd
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: brass screws for hanging seats
Replies: 12
Views: 1968

Re: brass screws for hanging seats

In some of my very Early builds, I used Zinc 1/4" carriage bolts. Being a welder by trade at the time, I brazed the heads of the carriage bolts with a fluxed bronze rod, and polished them. Easy to do ! I still have a few of those canoes. Zinc is not the Best choice, as now days, I spend the Big Buck...
by Jim Dodd
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Is that the minimum weight?
Replies: 4
Views: 1328

Re: Is that the minimum weight?

Vacuum bagging, and investigate Innegra .
Skip the varnish !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Alternative finishes?
Replies: 16
Views: 1567

Re: Alternative finishes?

Putting 4 coats on in 6 hrs. This stuff must dry quick ! (Hate waiting for Varnish to Dry !)
The finish again looked great !
Any tips you'd like to pass on ? And would a quart be enough for a large (16') solo ? I'll go for it on my Black Pearl, next in line !

Thanks Randy !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Alternative finishes?
Replies: 16
Views: 1567

Re: Alternative finishes?

Cruiser wrote:Not sure I like this new software for the forum, having issues posting


Yeah ! I double posted also. I ignore the failure notice.

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Boat-Building Tips & Techniques
Topic: Alternative finishes?
Replies: 16
Views: 1567

Re: Alternative finishes?

Randy
You stated" It was really hard to sand" Did you mean it gummed up your paper, or was the surface hard ?
Also, did you use a foam brush ?
Thanks Randy for stepping away from the norm !
I'll have my fingers crossed !

Jim
by Jim Dodd
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Fiberglass still tacky
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

Re: Fiberglass still tacky

First off your culprit is, you didn't mix a batch long enough. I'd stay at it with Acetone a little more, and give it a week. Then if needed give it a coat of Well mixed resin. The Acetone should dilute the unmixed resin. Wear a good mask, and hand protection !!! Acetone is very bad on your health !...
by Jim Dodd
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: 2 1/2 coats of epoxy and glass successful; questions on next coat
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: 2 1/2 coats of epoxy and glass successful; questions on next coat

Hi Mark, back to your original question. Wet to dry application. Again, I love the Cigar foam rollers. They don't distort the cloth, they make getting an even coat on the hull, and they are easy to use ! Ted Shows in his videos using brushes and small cups. Often times he has several people involved...