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  1. Re: Canoe Build - Curving strips around the Bilge Question

    Mr Loon,Your points are well taken. I on the other hand only needed to do one pair of strips per day so it took me two months to get them all on. I had no issue with the strips pulling away from...
  2. Re: Canoe Build - Curving strips around the Bilge Question

    When I built my Whitehall, I did not want staple holes in my strips so I mounted scrap pieces of strip 1/4" below the top of each frame on both sides I glued them and shot them on with brads to hold...
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    Re: Building a Nutshell Pram - 9' 6"

    You probably have more than enough room on that lovely boat for a solid pram, but here is a nice idea that I build to fit on my somewhat smaller 8.0 sailboat. I built an 11'6" one and is was a super...
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    Re: asymmetrical birdsmouth taper

    I have a plan for a hollow birds mouth oar that call for an elliptical section to the oar shaft to give a wing shape to the blade end to beef up the stiffness of the shaft during the stroke of the...
  5. Re: Simple i and two seat Lumber Yard Kayak Plans for kids to make.

    Thanks everyone, It looks like you all came through once more. I really appreciate it.

    Tom...
  6. Re: Simple i and two seat Lumber Yard Kayak Plans for kids to make.

    It was built out of plywood sections that had large openings through them and it had the stringers notched into the edge of the plywood and a long single piece of plywood that ran the length of the...
  7. Simple i and two seat Lumber Yard Kayak Plans for kids to make.

    I once bought a 12-14' home made kayak for my kids and they used it all the time. It was just plain wood frames with 1X lumber stringers. Covered with a vinyl cover in the 70's. I would like plans...
  8. Re: table saw jig/guide for making thin strips

    An Old Carpenter taught me how to rip consistent strips off the edge of a board by just clamping a vise grip to the front edge of my circular saw plate the distance away from the blade and start...
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    Re: Outboard motor control question

    I bought this Power tiller system for my Am Mariner 26 SV It is designed to work on the tiller handle, throttle and gear shifthing is effortless and makes a small SV act like and behave very much...
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    Re: Grand Banks Dory Plan

    Gardiner's "The Dory Book"

    I ordered it last night...
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    Grand Banks Dory Plan

    Recently got the "Grand Banks Dory Book" by Wheaton & Weir

    Has any one made one using this book plan? I have read it and based on the Materials Specks and the Cut List and the Pictures, it seems...
  12. Re: Plans for 6ft carolina flare hull replica/model

    Here is another possible place to look. I did not go over their entire plan inventory.

    http://aerofred.com/search.php?search_keywords=Boat&search_fields=image_model_type
  13. Re: Plans for 6ft carolina flare hull replica/model

    Glen-L Marine has a plan for that boat. You could then take it to a drafting productions plans and have it scaled down on their wide printer or you could buy the study plan and try to build from it...
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    Re: Laminate or steam ribs?

    Here is a video ( set of 4 ) that will be a good starting class for you to watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XthOkO-wsK4
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    On Ebay there are several 2" - 3" socket firmer chisels, just chan ge the handle to a longer one. I made one that way years ago with a big heavy 3" socket chisel, I found in an antique store.
    ...
  16. Re: Class Boat Building Project, This Year's

    Thanks...
  17. Class Boat Building Project, This Year's

    I have lost the link and the name of this year's class that is building several boats. Could some one help me by posting it, I wanted to follow it. Now I can't seem to find it.


    Thanks

    Tom
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    Re: Shantyboat for two.

    Yamaha has a kit to adapt your motor to a forward control station for shifting and speed. I'm sure there is a simple solution via cables, springs and sheaves to rig a steering system as well.
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    I would think a spoke shave would be preferable for the looms and shafts also draw knives were primarily a green wood tool, they don't works well on dry wood, a spoke shave is a finishing tool toward...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    This is probably the most flexible vise/clamping system I have ever seen. Swiss Zyliss Vice. I have several, all my work benches are made so I can clamp these on, on any side. They are only...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    It is a specialized router bit to cut the 45 degree groove (birds mouth in the side of thin stock). You are only dealing with stock 1/4" or 3/8" thick and 2" wide or so.

    You put the bit in the...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    If you want to go to really thin stock, just order plain or fancy veneer from any veneer supplier it comes close to or right on about 1/32". My first pair had 3 - 1/8" veneers I made by resawing on...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    I don't skype either, can't remember how I put that on my data page, now I can't get rid of it.

    There is only one jig to taper the staves, You cut the bird mouths on all 8 staves, then you taper...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    Yes, that's what really makes these neat because they start out octagonal transition to round (2") or so at the lock and then keep tapering to just above the blade where the transition to and...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    Rick, Just send me an email and I will send the plan article to you. Tom
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    Perhaps I can explain. Indeed there are 3 sections where a core is inserted in the hollow shaft for strength and rigidity. Of course the loom handle. It is inserted in a good 6-8" also at the oar...
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    Re: Sixteen sided spar gauge ratio

    If you want to do this just because you want to do it the old fashioned way, I respect that, how ever like most things, there is a new way maybe not better, just newer and I find efficient and quick...
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    Re: Sharpening techniques

    Once I get the edge close, I use an 8" X 1" wide soft loose cotton wheel on one side of my grinder. I use "White" Rouge on the wheel and polish away the wire edge and polish the bevel and part or...
  29. Re: Serious help needed .approach this threat your own risk

    I think the OP is just yanking our collective chains. Is it really possible to be that blind and numb to reality?
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    They were quite light in the Loom, but strong as they were built somewhat like a truss, they were filled in, in the hollow interior by strategically placed solid pieces of White Oak They were at the...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    I made my blades of 3 -1/8" veneers I cut myself on a band saw, together they were way to thick and way to heavy. Next set will be that thick in the center but will taper to 3/16 ths at the upper...
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    Re: Laminated spoon blade wooden oars

    If interested I have an article on making octagonal hollow core spoon blade oars. If you would like it, I can send it to your email. Email me for it. It's free...
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  33. Re: Joining Plywood end tio end without scarfing?

    I guess that answers that...:d
  34. Joining Plywood end tio end without scarfing?

    I was looking at my latest copy of Eagle America's Catalog and saw this bit:

    http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k276/slvrgost/v191-2215_p_zpszgc31amd.jpg~original

    It got me wondering if anyone...
  35. Re: OMG! - It's another one of those damn SOF Whitehalls

    Beautiful, beautiful boats, now all you need it to build your self a custom set of Octagonal Hollow Core Birds mouth Spoon bladed oars. Send me an email and I will send you a free set of plans to...
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    Re: Building a bowshed for boat project

    I probably should have qualified that, the fabric that farmers use is white on the outside and dark or green on the inside so they can house grain, hay or animals in the hoop structures and it be...
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    Re: Building a bowshed for boat project

    If I was to build one of these structures, knowing how hot they can get on a nice bright day, and how cold they are in the evenings or winter, I would take one tip from the Greenhouse industry and...
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    Re: Building a bowshed for boat project

    FYI for anyone who is considering building the kind of structure as the OP, there is a company about a 100 miles from me in eastern Iowa that specializes in Hoop House Structures for Farmers, you...
  39. Thread: stave mast

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    Re: stave mast

    Dave, If you would like I can send you complete directions on building hollow core birds mouth tapered oars. It would be easy to make masts using the same directions. I made 2 sets of oars, one...
  40. Re: A Few Oar Making Questions (Gloucester Light Dory)

    I have an article free for the asking for a Octagonal Hollow Core Birds Mouth Spoon blade oar. It was originally offered by Joel Herzel of Calif and he wrote it for a mag. He gave it to me and I...
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    Re: Pedro's Rushton Row/Canoe build

    I have built 4 Western Red Ceder Strip boats, 2 -18' canoes, 1- 21' Whitehall Rowing boat and a 21' Sea Kayak, the biggest problem with them are launching and retrieval over rock or gravel beaches. ...
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    Re: I need a screw...

    This company has locations nation wide, If they don't have it in stock, they most likely can have it to your closest location in a day or two.

    https://www.fastenal.com/home
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    Re: Old Town canvas canoe

    I taught Rowing and Canoing at the Stone Park Scout Camp in a new lake the summer of 1964 near Sioux City, we had a dozen 17' Old Town canvas canoes. We used them on the Big Sioux River on Fridays...
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    Re: Self-Tending Jib Boom

    On our RC boats we installed what I believe would be called a topping lift to the aft end of the jib boom, It ran up to the top of the sail shackle and then through a piece so you could adjust the...
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    Re: Self-Tending Jib Boom

    Take a look at Model Yacht sailboat building they use a jib boom for a very practical reason, no crew. I would think it would be very easy to rig one. I have one on my 1 meter Sea Wind boat.
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    Re: 10' Ash oars

    Please see my post #13 above. I have managed to find the plans for the Hollow core Birds mouth oars I was speaking of and will email them out to you or anyone who would like them.

    Tom...

    Send...
  47. Re: Outboard mounting options for transom hung rudder sailboat

    Finally got on the other computer and found a pic.

    http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k276/slvrgost/American%20002_zps2akkezme.jpg~original

    Here is the pic of my ladder on the starboard side of...
  48. Re: Outboard mounting options for transom hung rudder sailboat

    I am Home now and just pulled my rudder and motor for a little re hab I will take a few pics and post them this week.

    Tom...
  49. Re: Outboard mounting options for transom hung rudder sailboat

    David, That is not my boat just a picture. I don't have a pic of mine all set up. Yes mine does go up and doown on the rails just like the pic. My motor is a long shaft Honda, and yes, it goes...
  50. Re: Outboard mounting options for transom hung rudder sailboat

    I have an outback pintel hung rudder and an old off side motor mount that drove me crazy having ro reach down and back blindly to run the motor especially coming into a slip you are mostly blind,...
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