- Tom, Thanks for joining in. I am glad you found us, we look forward to learning more about your experiences. Boiling does sound like a great idea and aMessage 1 of 3 , Jan 30, 2007View SourceTom,
Thanks for joining in. I am glad you found us, we
look forward to learning more about your experiences.
Boiling does sound like a great idea and a creative
use of Home Depot supplies.
Keep us posted.
--- tnzeibig@... wrote:
> Just found this yahoo link on Monforts page - Great____________________________________________________________________________________
> I'm in the middle of building my first aerolite - A
> SnowShoe Traveler 18'. Just about fits in the
> basement. (trying to replace my two 80lb coleman
> I spent yesterday putting in the oak ribs - tried to
> use the steamer - but was breaking too many ribs and
> it was taking forever - so I decided to boil the
> ribs -
> Bought a aluminum gutter at HomeDepot for $6, cut to
> 65", attached caps to both ends with JB Weld,
> placed it on top of 4 2x4's (turned up on edge), and
> put 7 cans of sterno under it. Covered with a board
> and simmered for an hour.(it helps if you fill it
> with boiling water from a kettle). I used lead
> weights to hold the ribs (all at once) down in the
> water. Those were the best ribs ever! - didn't
> break one as they slipped right into place. Still
> only had about a minute to place, but they were very
> Once they were in place, I was suprised at how fast
> they dried - within 15 minits they appeared dry - as
> though they had been steamed. Decided to wait on
> glueing them in place until the weekend - I still
> have several ribs to install because I ran out of
> wood - so back to the lumberyard.
> Ended up using mahogany flooring for the frame - it
> was the only thing I could find locally that was
> 18', but it slices up fine on the band saw.
> Will attach pictures once I take some.
> Tom Z
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- Tom, I have seen boiling ribs as an alternative to steaming. Last summer I met Hilary Russell, of the Berkshire Boatbuilding School, while he was doing aMessage 2 of 3 , Jan 31, 2007View SourceTom,
I have seen boiling ribs as an alternative to steaming.
Last summer I met Hilary Russell, of the Berkshire Boatbuilding
School, while he was doing a workshop in Saranac Lake, NY. He
actually uses cedar ribs and boils them for his boats. It was
interesting to see how they went together. Of course the rib size was
larger than when using oak or ash.
His boats are similar to Platt's, but while Airolite boats go to
great lengths to make the hull rigid, Hilary uses lashing at the rib/
stringer joints and no kevlar for torsional rigidity.