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    Re: Any Steaming advice?

    Thank you all for the excellent advice. I will rebuild my system and give it another crack this weekend.
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    Re: Any Steaming advice?

    Wasn’t over steamed. If anything it wasn’t warm enough. I’ll try some insulation.
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    Any Steaming advice?

    I’m steaming and bending in the shear clamps on my catboat. The pieces are 1-3/8”x 1-3/4” air dried ash.

    My system is a turkey fryer with a vent into a 8’ x8”x8” pine box, with PVC sewer drain...
  4. Re: Microfibers vs coarse sawdust in Epoxy for strength

    Thanks everyone. I was thinking specifically of coarse sanding dust from my panel sander. It has a more fibrous look to it than the fine sanding dust. I’ve used fine dust plenty for filling voids on...
  5. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    Thanks for the comments Jim and others. That sander is great for millwork, but it’s open sided so it likes to go out of parallel. It’s great in that it fits in under an 8’ ceiling. The glass I used...
  6. Microfibers vs coarse sawdust in Epoxy for strength

    Is using coarse sawdust (60-80 grit) in place of microfibers in epoxy for glue ups a bad idea? I throw away an unlimited supply of sawdust and wonder if the cotton fibers are better enough to justify...
  7. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    109464This is a pair of french doors I made this February. Khaya. I like to laminate the stiles out of 5/4 with thickened epoxy. Jambs are made from the same khaya. Interior door so no threshold. I...
  8. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    Have you ever, I bet many of you have, drilled a countersink by putting one on upside down, pushing it through a hole, claiming the drill chuck onto it, drilling in reverse, pulling up on the drill?...
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    Re: Glue for Oak

    West GFlex epoxy is ideal. Titebond 3 is good with a tight joint, you should use epoxy if the joint is not tight.
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    Re: Main sheet travellor

    If you let it travel free on the traveler, you could rig a fixed clip on each side to hold it to center when pointing.
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    Re: Mixing Stockholm Tar / Boat Soup

    102948This is the transom of my project with the mixture I made: Bickmore Tar, Hope’s Tung oil, Turpentine. Smells like victory.
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    Re: Mixing Stockholm Tar / Boat Soup

    Pine tar is used as an antibacterial for horse hooves. For the same reason it has value as a wood preservative. Probably a debatable point, but it is cheap insurance. I use it to seal the wood on my...
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    Re: Mixing Stockholm Tar / Boat Soup

    I made a batch with Tung oil, Turpentine and Bickfords Pine Tar and a capful of Japan Dryer from the feed store. It mixed easy and I haven’t had any problems with it for over a year. Looks great,...
  14. Re: Tired of throwing away “skinned over varnish

    A olden version of the Stop Loss bags, which are a great idea, is to decant the varnish into smaller containers like glass jars and add a small amount of solvent to cover the surface. A varnish...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    A friend of mine is a professional carver and has done a lot of signs. He would use an old computer and a word processor program. He could choose the font and add crown or other shape then print it...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    The concrete guys use a driven prop system of 2x4’s similar that to straighten concrete forms. Imagine the hydraulic forces at play in a 10’ wall with concrete mixed at a 7” slump! They call it a...
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    Re: How much epoxy for birds-mouth mast?

    I’ve been using Total Boat Flex Epoxy for my build and really liking it. It mixes 1-1, you get a pint of resin and a pint of hardener for about $45.
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    Re: band saw blades

    4 TPI hook Timberwolf has always been my favorite.
  19. Re: tighten-up a wallowed-out number 8 wood screw hole in softwood ???

    As suggested, I would fill the existing hole with a softer wood and titebond 3 or similar, then drill a smaller diameter pilot than you would in sound wood, and replace the screw. Softer wood will...
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    Re: Southern Yellow Pine

    I got some beautiful wide SYP from Vermont Wide Plank Flooring https://vermontplankflooring.com/. They’re in Brattleboro, VT.
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    Re: British Seagull for a catboat?

    Reynard! That’s a sweet trick. This whole thread’s a treat. Great information.
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    Re: British Seagull for a catboat?

    Once again, I appreciate the kind advice given here. I am certain it’s not the right thing for me, mostly because of the environmental reasons, but they are definitely appealing, in the way they look...
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    Re: British Seagull for a catboat?

    Excellent. Thanks for the quick advice. I already realized it was a terrible idea for me in particular before I posted it.
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    British Seagull for a catboat?

    I’m planning way, way far ahead on my Williams 18 catboat build, and have been contemplating auxiliary power. Searching the online sales sites for deals and whatnot, an a Seagull pops up for $350. I...
  25. Thread: wood grain

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    Re: wood grain

    I’d guess that 2x8 in the first photo is Southern Yellow Pine, but it’s hard to tell. I doesn’t look like spruce to me. That stack of 2x3 in the following picture is something I’d stay well away...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    I really appreciate this thread. It’s a wellspring of techniques and clever solutions. Thank you for the content.
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    Re: Cockpit floor drains

    Thanks again. I’ll take some time to think on this. In the meantime I’ve just googled “antique brass bilge pump” and should be busy scrolling for some days.
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    Re: Cockpit floor drains

    It took me a while, but now I understand what you mean about getting to the fitting in the centerboard slot. I think that I’ll stick with Mr. Williams’ plan. I’ll give the inline check valve a bucket...
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    Re: Cockpit floor drains

    Thanks all. I greatly appreciate the advice.
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    Re: Cockpit floor drains

    I’m thinking of running the 2 drains, port and starboard as in the drawing, to drain into the centerboard case sides. I can add in-line check valves, or scupper flaps, or ball valves to prevent back...
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    Re: Cockpit floor drains

    Thanks for the replies. The cockpit floor is only about 4-5” above the DWL. I don’t have the drawings in front of me. Jim, I haven’t built the centerboard case yet, but the trunk end posts are in. I...
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    Cockpit floor drains

    I’m building a Fenwick Williams 18’ Catboat and trying to think ahead about centerboard design, etc. The drawing shows lead pipes for drains, port and starboard. The paperwork mentions a leather flap...
  33. Re: Who knows of a good saw sharpening service?

    I use Super Thin Saws in Waterbury, VT. They mail them out to a sharpening service I think. You could call them and ask. I have mailed blades to be sharpened in the past, and a priority mail box is a...
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    Re: How Strong Is Your Glue?

    The lesson from this test should be that improper use is pilot error. Every instance of glue joint failure is a mistake. Gorilla Glue and similar foaming PU glues don’t create a strong gap filling...
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    Re: Whetstone Set - recommendations

    I use a slow speed grinder with coarse wheels, a 1200 grit Japanese water stone, and an 8000 grit Japanese stone. I don’t use Japanese laminated steel, so grinding’s not a problem.
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    Re: Planer Knives Source?

    I use a company that does my Shaper cutter sharpening. W Moore Profiles in Florida,NY. They have bar stock of different alloys of steel. I talked with them and they helped me choose the proper alloy...
  37. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    The work Leo’s done in all facets of the Tally Ho project and its YouTube channel is impressive, inspiring, and a testament to his skill and work ethic. I find the criticism of his timeline and the...
  38. Re: Can you add Copper Naphthenate to an oil primer?

    Just to follow up, this worked well enough. It mixed in by shaking and didn’t separate over a couple of days. The only info I found online was that it has been used as a drying agent for paint. This...
  39. Re: Can you add Copper Naphthenate to an oil primer?

    Great, I’ll give it a whack. Thanks again
  40. Can you add Copper Naphthenate to an oil primer?

    I am looking to use this between faying surfaces bolting the stem/knee/ keel together. Wondering if this is kosher or not. Google and searches on this sight didn’t offer much insight. Thanks!
  41. Re: An eraser for cleaning abrasive belts and discs - (new to me anyway)

    The first shop I worked in, back in the 90s, we’d use a air nozzle from a compressor to blast off the belts. It worked very well, but put an unconscionable amount of dust in the air. These days I use...
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    Re: Oil paint-cleaning brushes

    I use paint thinner to rinse out brushes. I have 3 jugs going at once. 1) clean 2)pretty clean 3)pretty dirty. 1st rinse in the dirty stuff then spin into a 5 gallon bucket, I use a lot of thinner...
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    Re: Carbon fiber mast?

    I’ve seen videos on carbon fiber mast making. I can’t recall a link, but it was on YouTube. They were laying up carbon fiber strands with CNC machines at precise pitches that varied with each layer....
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    Re: Am I doing this right-lumber for sale

    The last time I bought rough sawn Doug Fir (clear, vertical grain) it was $7.50/bf. I have bought CVG Fir from my local Building supply as a custom order. Surfaced 4 sides, beautiful stock, probably...
  45. Re: Merriman Block revitalization/NE Teak source?

    Rugby/ Downes & Reader in Maine. They used to be called Maine Coast Lumber and specialized in marine hardwoods. They’d be worth a call.
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    Re: What to look for in DF

    I’ve got boards of CVG Doug fir at the shop with 50+ growth rings per inch. It should cost a great deal more than it does.
  47. Re: How do you mark and draw accurate right angles on plywood ?

    I second Canoeyawl’s trammel points recommendation. Swinging an arc is easier for me than measuring a right triangle single-handed. I made my own decades ago with scrap wood and a 12d finish nail and...
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    Re: Advice on use of router

    Forgot to add: the base plate on your router can be screwed and replaced with a larger base that is big enough to work for you. I like a plexiglass base because you can see the cut better. A square...
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    Re: Advice on use of router

    Jim Ledger’s advice is spot on on this one. The only thing I’d add is that you should spring for new bits. !/2” shank bits are way more safe, 1/4” shanks twist and deflect under use giving you...
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    Re: Leak at CB trunk to keel joint

    To get epoxy or other adhesives into cracks a good method is to puddle it above the crack and use a shop vac underneath to pull it in. I have done this by making a masking tape “bowl” around the...
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