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    Re: Decorative stemhead?

    Simpler is better. A nicely shaped stemhead need not be complicated and serves the purpose of protecting the pointy bit that always hits the dock. You sometimes see stemheads with their after edges...
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    Re: Mast step/floors repair

    The most important thing is to through bolt the floors to the keel. Screws are no good here.

    As for the hole in the partner, an easy fix is to use some cedar wedges while you think up a good...
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    Re: Mast step/floors repair

    I'm for through bolting the floors to the keel and stem, carriage bolts, with the head outside and the nut countersunk into the top of the floors. You don't need knees on the floors. A couple of...
  4. Re: Antique Brass Fitting ID Threaded Flange

    A vise screw, maybe.
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Patina has no place on chrome. You could polish the chrome off, back to bronze, but that depends on your other hardware choices.
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Buy the bronze bolts, see if you can find the dome-headed straight-slot ones. Somebody's got some somewhere.

    When you have those fittings re-chromed, do the bolts as well. Stainless will never...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Stainless steel fastenings in a strip plank boat is a step up...from galvanized, so sure, go for it.


    The problem, if you're building your grandaddy's plank on frame boat is that the stainless...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    How is that done...the encapsulation thing? Squirt some epoxy down the screw hole before driving the screw in? Epoxy on a bung later?

    I mean, sure, on a strip planked boat, glassed inside and...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Do you actually mean that, Ted, or is it just another case of, "people are sayin'".

    No matter, the vanity's only hidden after the plugs go in.:d

    Jim
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    That's right, Rob! And there are pictures!

    Well, a couple of sketches anyway.
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    I like to use two battery drills, one with the pilot bit and one with a Fuller counterbore on a regular straight bit. The counterbore and bit are set up to bore just through the first piece. The...
  12. Re: How far can a boat hang off of a trailer?

    So long as the rated capacity of the trailer exceeds the boats weight I think that the main factor to consider would be the tongue weight of the trailer. Too much boat hanging off the end will...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Last night I got a little confused about just which was which, so I needed to impose some kind of order on the entire project. Now that I have an idea of how they go together and what works and what...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Those do look nice, Dave, and some of us can never have too many kinds or sizes of drill bits.





    Thanks for the link, 8r. I shall have to pick up some jig saw blades. I have a jig saw,...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    That's a Foredom handpiece in the photo, with a christmas tree bit, and it works well chewing through the webs between the holes. Once the center is out of the way I put a cylindrical bit in the...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Those are handy saws, if that's the only thing that will work, which in this case, it won't because the holes are too small.

    There's a simple solution, though, Martin, using only the tools on...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Here's one of the spacer webs with the outline of the material to be removed inked in...


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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Phase two involves drilling the full size holes through the pilot holes. In this case there will be four half-inch holes around the center hole, and eight three-eighths in holes around the...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    I'm glad you found something of use, kaly, but I'm a bit disappointed about the duct tape being less than satisfactory. It's such useful stuff, but I suppose it does have it's limits. I once used...
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    That's great, Tom, I'm glad it helped.

    Here's another tip along the same lines. When you drop the sail don't let the gaff go level, keep it peaked and let out both halyards together. The theory...
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    No topping lift on that boat, Tom? She sure is purty!

    Jim
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    Try it, Don, it's a simple thing but it makes a lot of difference. Once the throat is set you can peak up until you get a wrinkle in the sail and then back off a bit.

    A lot of topping lifts are...
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    You might want to try setting the throat halyard first, Don, with the gaff in a more level position. Once that's done tighten the peak. The peak halyard can fight the throat as it pulls the gaff...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Thank you all for your kind words of support.

    Greg, I haven't thought about that recently. Thanks for bringing it up so that I can start worrying about it once more.

    Jim
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    Hey, I like that, Rob!






    Nah, it's just craft, Clark...crafty craft. If it's useful it can't be Art, them's the rules, I didn't make 'em up.
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    I'm never moving, so I'll never have to divest. Besides, where could I go and build a boat behind the house?






    Thanks, Martin. The dohickey will be featured shortly and all will be made...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    It's been a while, I know. I've had this bucket of cast bits kicking around the shop for quite some time. The truth of it is that the fitting and putting together phase of the work is just plain...
  28. Re: Puttering in the back yard this morning, I slipped on some dry paint.

    That does look painful! I hope you're not left handed. I'd be wrapping a bag of frozen peas around it for as long as I could stand it.

    I hope it heals quickly.

    Jim
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    Re: Doors

    Thanks, Jordan.


    Now that the doors are glued up, and before anything else can happen I want to make the door frames. Once the frames are assembled the doors can be trimmed to fit and sanded. ...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Thanks to all you stalkers for outing yourselves and checking in. I really appreciate your support.

    For the time being I'm on light duty as I'm trying to work through some lower back pain. I'm...
  31. Re: “EDME” winning the Pin Mill Barge Match

    That must be quite something to sail, Andrew. Great photo!

    Jim
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Mine too, Jordan, I'll take patternmaking and casting any day over, say, sanding.
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Thanks for the link, Dave, there's some interesting information there. I think that I'll stick with the cloth because any abrasion that does occur can be easily repaired. It would take quite a...
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    L. F. Herreshoff lived in a time when magnificent timber was readily available at reasonable cost, as well as plenty of low-paid workers who could build and repair his yachts. if you can even find...
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    Re: For you Ancient History Buffs

    "When the sun goes down and the tide goes out

    People gather 'round and they all begin to shout..."
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    Tom, let me take this opportunity to thank you for all the interest that you took in our group. You made an interesting trip much more so for us, explaining things, answering questions and showing...
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    Re: Gil Smith catboat "Lorelei"

    On my old catboat Sea Rover I had double topping lifts, which, as mentioned, allowed the lee topping lift to be slacked off so as not to impinge on the sail. The function of a topping lift in a...
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    Re: calls for a walgreens boycott grows

    How this cashier retains his job after this is beyond me...



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWQYLGuhsyY
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    Re: I’m not a construction guy

    You have to wonder because proper pump jacks are not expensive items, and they have the advantage of going up and down as the work progresses.

    Nice staging, though.
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Polyester resin is often sprayed as well, Nick, when making boat hulls. The gel coat is sprayed onto the mold. The interior plies are often bulked up with a chopper gun, which cuts and sprays swo...
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    Re: Custom workbench

    Nice job!

    You could bore some holes in the front apron to put in a peg to support longer boards, or maybe that's the plan.

    Jim
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    You're welcome, Chippie.

    I should add that it's a good gap filler and requires only enough pressure to create some squeeze-out. Also, it can be used, in the unthickened state, to wet out...
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    I only regret not handing you the sanding block, Rob.

    Jim
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    In case you're not familiar with the epoxy that we use, Chippie, here's the high points.

    Epoxy is a two part mixture of a resin and a catalyst, mixed immediately before use.

    The resin as...
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Exactly so, and that's just how it was done, two coats of resin were applied to the interior before the glue-up.

    And, if I might add, hollow, glued-up spars have been with us since the 1930's at...
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Nothing sharper than sandpaper, Rob, and only when he's sober.
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    I was getting fed up with pushing that sand block back and forth so I hired this old gent who's been hanging around to do it for me. Gave him the 80 grit block and away he went. Amazing!

    ...
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    Re: RIP Glen Longino

    Fair winds, Glen, and my condolences to the family.

    He'll be missed here.

    Jim
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Thanks, Lou. A bronze adapter would have been real nice, but the the work, the pattern, casting, machining, fitting, I'm tired even thinking about it. I was in a hurry this time so the Corian had...
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    Re: Making a birdsmouth catboat mast

    Sanding with 60 grit on a flexible longboard...


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