Re: [Michalak] Re: Re: new builder
- Epoxy is a superior product and if the budget allows, is the obvious way to go. My point was that if the budget dictates using the least expensive materials, the old "fiberglass resins" are a lot cheaper than epoxies and they will do an adequate job.
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From: Lincoln Ross
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 2:48 PM
Subject: [Michalak] Re: Re: new builder
Epoxy works a lot like polyester but it doesnt' stink, you have a fair
amount of working time (depending on formula and conditions), it sticks
better, and the right stuff is low viscosity for wetting out cloth. Of
course you may need to wait a day or so before it gets strong.
Sawdust ought to work ok if it really is like talcum powder. The finer
the better. This is also sold as wood flour. I like to use maybe 80%
wood flour and 20% silica to thicken epoxy, but I seem to recall wood
flour alone works ok, just not quite as nicely.
If you are doing a taped seam over a fillet of thickened epoxy, it will
go much easier if you can put the tape on while the fillet is still
really soft or maybe even still wet, so you can squash down all those
little bumps instead of having to sand (ugh!) or scrape them. This will
save you a lot of work. Read that epoxy book from System 3. Really.
Traditional building is really beautiful, but I think in most cases it's
quite a bit heavier and requires more maintenance. But it sure is pretty.
> Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 08:38:59 -0700 (PDT)
> From: lexman <lexman1002000@...>
>Subject: Re: Re: new builder
> Thanks for the advice fellows. I think since this is
>my first try I'll use the best exterior ply I can find
>locally. Next time I'll buy the good stuff. I'm going
>to make a small 1 1/2 sheet dory for the kids as a
>warm up and then do the Rb42. I feel silly but I am
>guessing the epoxy works like "fiberglass resin" and
>that is all I will need. I have also read about
>thickening the fillet with sawdust or pulverised lime.
>I have sawdust from the table saws or from the drum
>sander that is like talcum powder. I just mix it in
>and bead the seam, correct? I would be more at ease
>building traditionally but this seems like too much
>fun and relative instant gratifacation compared to
>furniture. Thanks for the replies
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