I can t see as how thickness would matter for the knee or the stem. But they re going to take a lot of stress, so I would for sure use either a solid wood orMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 2, 2009View Source
I can't see as how thickness would matter for the knee or the stem. But they're going to take a lot of stress, so I would for sure use either a solid wood or marine ply. You're going to glue the stringers and gunwales to them. You'll have to back off a smidge when you are doing the final sanding to match them up, but that's no big deal at all. It will just happen naturally. But I would be careful with the glue.
The nice thing about epoxy is you can add thickener. Otherwise it would be super runny. It's bad enough with the epoxy! I found that my biggest cleanup was getting epoxy runs off between the stringers and ribs. I think it's impossible to NOT get runs, and the thickener helps a whole lot. Perhaps you can write the glue company and find out if there's a thickening dust they sell.
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I have my stations in place for my Snowshoe 14 and so I'm keen to
start the boat building proper.
Firstly I'm wondering why the plans specify spruce or pine for the
knee but 3/8th ply for the knee. Does anyone see a problem using
wood and not ply for both pieces?
Secondly, the plans call for 3/8 thick pieces for the stem and knee.
I can't readily buy 3/8 wood but have on hand 1/2 inch wood. I'm
thinking to go with the 1/2 inch wood but have the option of driving
about 60 miles to a mate who has a thicknesser. Are there going to
be issues down the track if I go for this slightly thicker wood. I
can't see a problem but I'm new to this and maybe have missed
Finally, the plans suggest structural epoxy for gluing. I don't know
much about glues, but it seems like a high strength polyurethane
glue (e.g. http://www.vise.com.au/boatbuilders_quality.shtml) is
going to be just fine and probably much nicer to work with. Any
Thanks in advance for any help.
Dear all, I have my stations in place for my Snowshoe 14 and so I m keen to start the boat building proper. Firstly I m wondering why the plans specify spruceMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 2, 2009View Source