Timo, I took a look at the picture, nice work!! Your GA boat looks very well done. How many hours has it taken you to get to the point before the DacronMessage 1 of 5 , Dec 20 2:57 PMView SourceTimo,
I took a look at the picture, nice work!! Your GA boat looks very
well done. How many hours has it taken you to get to the point
before the Dacron covering?
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "t_ripatti" <timoripatti@...>
> Joel, everybody,
> I managed to create an album at Photos, with one image already
> I'll add more, some from my archive and others as I make anyprogress
> with the canoe.similar
> I have very little building experience - I've built a few model
> aeroplanes though - 38 years ago. The Snowshoe is remarkably
> in many counts, so I had the courage to start the project. Noregrets.
> The wood ribs are ash, and I steamed them with a household steamer
> which was made for carpets and upholstery and stonewall seams etc.
> I found it too much of an effort to build a steaming box out of
> so I used styrofoam tubing, the quality they use with heatingpipes.
> There are many pros and no cons to this technique - you simplyattach
> four parts of styrofoam together with bamboo shaslik sticks andmake a
> simple shelf inside from the same material, after that you load itmade of
> with a few ribs (not too many..) and cover one end with a ball
> old t-shirts. The nozzle of the steamer is just wrapped with a t-shirt
> and placed to other end of the tube.only
> The water container of my steamer was the limiting factor, I got
> 30 minutes with one filling which was less than I'd have liked,with
> my pace.couple
> Heck, I think I better place a few photos to the album after a
> of days, reading my own instructions makes me dizzy ;-)experience?
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "jm_silverman"
> <jm_silverman@> wrote:
> > Timo,
> > Thanks for joining. Tell us more about your building
> > How about steaming the wood ribs?
> > Joel
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Joel, I bought the construction manual and drawings three years ago, but managed to get started a year later, just for personal reasons. We have metric system,Message 1 of 5 , Dec 23 3:08 PMView SourceJoel,
I bought the construction manual and drawings three years ago, but
managed to get started a year later, just for personal reasons.
We have metric system, so it took a little calculating before I was
ready to visit the lumberyard. Most of the drawings are in 1:8 scale,
so I was finally able to get the closest values of all measurements.
The ribs and stringers plus inwales and outwales were machined to the
right thickness by a professional. He makes picture frames, so he had
the right kind of tools. I used a thin Japanese saw for all joints.
The glue I used was not epoxy but urethane, hence the black seams. The
urethane glue sets better if the wooden surfaces are moist, so I was
able to glue the ribs in place right after steaming and fitting them.
After some more personal reasons, the projet was delayed for a number
of months. It has been sort of an on-off situation all the time, it is
impossible to count the hours the canoe has taken so far.
Anyway, I decided to concentrate for quality and forget about timing
the project for a specific paddling season. I'll use it as a solo
canoe at times, which means that the seats have to be easily removed.
That part needs some attention. I may start with no seats and locate
the best places for a total of three seats by trial-and-error.
Maybe someone has already figured that out?
There's one more photo in my album, now you can see the seams in a
better scale. The breast hooks are longer than in the original plan, I
took measurements from my own palm...
The part between the breast plate and stem, where four wooden items
are supposed to meet in perfect symmetry, was too much for my skills,
so I drilled a hole to the critical place and glued a wooden
coverplate in there to conceal the problem.
The varnish is Tonkinois brand, a little tricky to use but gives
superb gloss, three to four coats are needed for the ribs because ash
is so porous - the first coat just disappears into the wood...
I'm anxious to start the Kevlar roving soon, will send more photos
when I get there.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "jm_silverman"
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> I took a look at the picture, nice work!! Your GA boat looks very
> well done. How many hours has it taken you to get to the point
> before the Dacron covering?