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    12' strip kayak with no plans

    where was this picture taken? It looks very familiar! not sure why the picture didnt show up... hmmmm
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    strip prorogues

    I have one that is almost finished that has been sitting there for about a year.. Its cypress and cedar . I need to find the time to finish it..
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    Can Stove pre-heater wick

    Well I didnt have time to work on it this morning, sometimes my job gets in the way of the fun stuff..lol.. Im going to try to finish it up monday and I will post pics when im finished..
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    Can Stove pre-heater wick

    I made a swedge at work today to turn the aluminum beer bottles inside out to make an open top side vent double wall stove.. Im going to tweek it a little in the morning but so far it works great.. the strength is incredible after forming.. Im 210 lbs and can stand on it with no hint of bending..
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    Can Stove pre-heater wick

    Thanks alot for posting this.. ive been building the stupid things for 3 days now and cant stop.. Ive got em all over the place trying different designs and even used em to heat up ppls lunch at work ..
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    substitute for ash?

    Ive never used aspen but i wouldnt use poplar.. Its a soft wood much like pine with alot nicer grain in most cases.. I have alot of hickory in storage in arkansas that I thought about trying to bend ..
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    substitute for ash?

    I have cherry, walnut and mahogany on hand so i will probably use one of those.. thanks for all the input..
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    substitute for ash?

    Not steam bending.. just using multiple strips and cold bending..
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    substitute for ash?

    Im having a hard time finding ash in my area for the bow and stern. I know oak and epoxy dont work well together so what would make a good replacement?
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    Canoe building question

    You dont have to bag carbon.. you can lay it up just like glass. All the vacuum bag process does is remove extra resin and air from the layup which results in a stronger and lighter part.. Fiberglass can be bagged the exact same way and will be lighter as well. The bagging isnt as expensive as...
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    Canoe building question

    You would.. you could even pull a mould off a wooden canoe and not even use foam at all except for stiffeners.
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    Canoe building question

    The only reason i use carbon as an example is because it enables you to use multiple layers of lighter cloth and result in a stronger part.. Fiberglass can be used in the same manner, it just has less strength and higher weight.. the techniques is the same.
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    Canoe building question

    The trick is covering all sides of the foam, not just the top and bottom. If the foam is totaly encapsulated in the carbon the strength becomes unbelievable and the foam becomes irrelevant but again, the time and expense makes it impractical.
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    Canoe building question

    Sorry its taken me so long to reply.. glass on foam can be made to be very light and strong if done right but its not cheap and is very time consuming.I built some test panels a couple of years ago of 1/2 blue board from lowes laminated with 3 layers of 3 oz carbon fiber on all sides that...
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    Canoe building question

    The foam works great for building a light, strong boat if done right..I havent built a canoe out of it but have built aircraft components and hovercrafts using similar methods and the strength is incredible if done properly ..