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Re: Anyone built a Snowshoe 18?

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  • tolman_paul
    I think to get the same strength as ash or oak I d need to upsize the ribs, and then you re trying to bend thicker wood.
    Message 1 of 7 , Feb 6, 2013
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      I think to get the same strength as ash or oak I'd need to upsize the ribs, and then you're trying to bend thicker wood.

      --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, Richard Bertram wrote:
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      > What about Sitka Spruce. Would that be a good wood for steam bending?
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      > --- On Tue, 2/5/13, Brian Willan wrote:
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      > From: Brian Willan
      > Subject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Anyone built a Snowshoe 18?
      > To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 2:47 PM
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      > As for bending your ribs, ash is one recommendation. White oak is
      > another choice.  Steam is not essential to bending wood, but it
      > makes the process go quicker.  I've read that you can soak you
      > wood in cold water for many days and get the same effect.  Also
      > ripping 1/8" strips from larger stock ends up wasting a fair
      > amount of material due to sawdust from the blade kerf. 
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      > On 2/5/13 4:52 PM, tolman_paul wrote:
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      > I'm a new member here. I'd planned on building a Snowshoe
      > 18 10 years ago but got sidetracked building a power boat.
      > I still have all the stringers and floor boards ripped,
      > the kevlar and dacron but seemed to misplaced my plans.
      > Are plans still available?
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      > The one major change I'm planning on is making the ribs
      > from laminated mahogany vs. steam bent ash. Getting ash in
      > Alaska is no easy task and most of what I remember reading
      > way back when is that bending the ribs was a one of the
      > big PITA of building a GA hull. A friend gave me some
      > mahogany that I'm planning to rip into 1/8" thick strips
      > and will laminate them together as they are bent into
      > place in the hull. The 1/8" thickness can handle being
      > cold molded and I have leftover epoxy from the Tolman
      > Skiff so nothing out of pocket to laminate them.
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    • Richard Bertram
      I used oak (and I think it was kiln dried) that I was able to purchase at a local hard wood manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. It worked fine.  Richard ...
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        I used oak (and I think it was kiln dried) that I was able to purchase at a local hard wood manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. It worked fine. 

        Richard

        --- On Wed, 2/6/13, tolman_paul <tolman_paul@...> wrote:

        From: tolman_paul <tolman_paul@...>
        Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Re: Anyone built a Snowshoe 18?
        To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 8:21 AM

         

        I think to get the same strength as ash or oak I'd need to upsize the ribs, and then you're trying to bend thicker wood.

        --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, Richard Bertram wrote:
        >
        > What about Sitka Spruce. Would that be a good wood for steam bending?
        > Richard
        >
        > --- On Tue, 2/5/13, Brian Willan wrote:
        >
        > From: Brian Willan
        > Subject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Anyone built a Snowshoe 18?
        > To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
        > Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 2:47 PM
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        >  
        >
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        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > The plans for the Snowshoe 18 are still
        > available.
        >
        >
        >
        > As for bending your ribs, ash is one recommendation. White oak is
        > another choice.  Steam is not essential to bending wood, but it
        > makes the process go quicker.  I've read that you can soak you
        > wood in cold water for many days and get the same effect.  Also
        > ripping 1/8" strips from larger stock ends up wasting a fair
        > amount of material due to sawdust from the blade kerf. 
        >
        >
        >
        > Cheers
        >
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        > Brian
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        > On 2/5/13 4:52 PM, tolman_paul wrote:
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        > I'm a new member here. I'd planned on building a Snowshoe
        > 18 10 years ago but got sidetracked building a power boat.
        > I still have all the stringers and floor boards ripped,
        > the kevlar and dacron but seemed to misplaced my plans.
        > Are plans still available?
        >
        >
        >
        > The one major change I'm planning on is making the ribs
        > from laminated mahogany vs. steam bent ash. Getting ash in
        > Alaska is no easy task and most of what I remember reading
        > way back when is that bending the ribs was a one of the
        > big PITA of building a GA hull. A friend gave me some
        > mahogany that I'm planning to rip into 1/8" thick strips
        > and will laminate them together as they are bent into
        > place in the hull. The 1/8" thickness can handle being
        > cold molded and I have leftover epoxy from the Tolman
        > Skiff so nothing out of pocket to laminate them.
        >

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