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I had posted this photo as a side bar in a post way down in the bilge and thought I would go ahead and bring it back up here (where is belongs).
This is the David Hazen canoe I'm building. Instead of using cedar I'm using doug fir. There is a few changes in the building method as outlined in "The Strippers Guide to Canoe Building". For one I started stripping from the gunwales instead of the football. The other thing is I'm doing stapless. I've been using clamps and duct tape. It seems to be working fine so far. Will let you know more as we go along. BTW I'm using a lot of duct tape.
06-06-2003, 05:59 PM
Looking good, love the duct tape :D
06-06-2003, 06:32 PM
Here we go again.................what's the best duct tape to use?? Can I get away with the orange store variety or should one bite the bullet and buy the marine quality BS9998 rated duct tape from the 200 year old supply store that sold to LFH himself?
hehehehehehehe :D :D :D :D
Just havn' fun. Looks great.
06-07-2003, 04:58 AM
It's well on its way - keep on it!
Now when your using this much duct tape the Orange Store variety is fine, but if you're taping in a cardboard window into your Camaro or SingleWide it is best to go with the premium BS9998. tongue.gif
[ 06-07-2003, 06:00 AM: Message edited by: DavesFlatsBoat ]
Originally posted by DavesFlatsBoat:
Now when your using this much duct tape the Orange Store variety is fine, tongue.gif For this purpose you might want to use the high end stuff. The cheap stuff just don't have the holding power.
Mr. Know It All
06-09-2003, 10:23 AM
Looks good Chad. smile.gif Where can I find out more about that canoe? Is there a website?
Peace---> Kevin in Ohio
P.S.....Ahhhh....nevermind,here it is----> http://www.cyberis.net/~innercom/index.html
[ 06-09-2003, 11:34 AM: Message edited by: Mr. Know It All ]
Instead of duct tape, consider plastic gallon jugs full of water connected with a rope tied to the handle and the other end to a wire hook made from coat hangers. Bring the rope around from the inside, over the top, and hook to the jug's handle. The rope on the outside makes a fair curve.
When the bottom starts to flatten out, just hook the wire on the strip from the outside. To prevent denting the strips, use little flaps of plastic from other milk jugs.
Clamp at the stations.
I've found that this produces plenty of holding power for strip built construction.
Questions: Is the duct tape pulling away some of the wood fibers when you remove it? Are you using bead and cove? Which design are you building?
06-09-2003, 12:32 PM
When I was building my kayak (stapleless) I used the little brackets that hold mirrors to the wall.
They are palstic "L" shaped pieces. I used them roughly every other frame, with the screw going into the frame. I was using bead and cove strips and that might make a difference. I also used the thin clear strapping tape instead of duct tape. Bungee cord and clamps (lots of clamps) also help.
This canoe is David Hazen's Micmac as found in the "Stripper's Guide to Canoe Building."
Canoe building (http://www.cyberis.net/~innercom/Canoe/history.html)
The strips are doug fir strips that I have milled myself. I've got the canoe bits for my router, but I'm not using them.
I have found that the tape doesn't seem to raise the grain that much, besides I will have a lot of sanding to do once it is stripped all the way out.
I like the idea of the mirror clamps, might give that a try. One other thing I need to try is some quick and dirty plywood clamps I've seen somewhere on the web.
Here is a photo of what I hope the finished product to look like, minus the fancy artwork.
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