It dont matter if ya kin paddle worth a dang 'er not when yer settin' in fine boats like them. [Ya kin show 'em agin in 3 months 'n most of the geezers will love 'em all over agin.] :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk? Harry Callahan
In a neverending attemp to prove,what I don't know. I will attempt to document the build of my "fast attack boat". I have been sitting on the wood for a while now and figure it is about time to do something with it.
Those with a weak stomach or who are "neat freaks" should not read beyond this post.
For everyone else, let me assure you. I am not a professional. To compare my construction to most of the others you see on this site, would be as , apples to oranges.
Having said that, however it turns out, it will be mine and will get used in rotation with the rest of the fleet.
THOSE WITH WEAK STOMACHS or THOSE WHO ARE NEAT FREAKS
Before startin, a bit of prep work was required. The other boats were getting in the way , so.
There is a perfectly good wall on the shed.
some $ spent. A few 2/4s and some old carpet and
A perfect resting place between trips.
For this boat, I am going to try to keep the weight around 40 - 45 lbs. For a boat that will be 14.5 ft that should be possible.
The boat will be cedar strip with ash gunnels and thwarts. Ash frame with cane seat.
Stems will be an ash/oak lay up.
OK lets get started. Wood present. Saw set up. Two hours later, lots of sawdust and strips all over the shed .
Tomorow I will start on router work for the bead and cove.
Many people will say that one feather board is not enough. That may be true for someone who is building a $4000.00 boat to sell and needs "perfect" strips. For me the one works and after all was done, there was at most a 1/32 varaince in thickness in the ramdom strips I checked
To keep weight down, I am going to use 3/16ths strips as opposed to the 1/4 that seams to be standard. The boat will be used on lakes and slow moving water so rock busting will be avoided and the strength should be ok.
That iz a one messy shop. Good thing ya warned folks. :wink:
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? Francois de la Rochefoucauld
I guess an up date is in order. Putting the strips on the forms is not a hard job. It is just time consuming.
I am only getting 4 strips a day on because I am allowing each strip to fully dry before removing the clamps.
The last canoe, I got in a hurry and removed clamps before the glue was completly dry. In so doing, there were strips that seperated a bit and I did not notice it until after glassing. Now there are a couple of spots that you can see light through. That is not going to happen with this build. :roll:
I am using tite bond 2 as it worked well on my other two boats.
Here you can see the amount of clamps I need to keep the strips together while drying.
Now you have to get serious on this build , I have only a month left before the trip up north and if you still want me to come by and get that canoe to try it out in the North Woods , the progress will have to be speeded up.
Otherwise I will have to use one of the boats that I made up there in Yankee Land.
I know you told me not to say anything but this slow progress is more then any one can stand.
I trust you have no idea of where I live so I can get out of Dodge before the lynching party arrives.
I've never built a stripper. Cypress, gotta ask. If you have the straps around, whey do you need the clamps? Seems the straps would hold the whole shebang. And, you could then do more than 4 strips per time?
If I had to guess, I would say that there are about as many ways of stripping as there are builders. That being said, for my boats, I try not to use any staples. There are a lot of ways different folks hold the strips together and on the forms. Most of them are probably better than what I do but, my method seams to be working for me.
The last build I just used the straps and wound up with the strip seperation. This time using the clamps and doing one strip at a time, I seam, at this point, to have eliminated the seperation problem. I use a couple of straps to ensure the strips conform to the mould.
Hope that es - plains why I do it that way.
Others may chime in and give a much better way of doing it.