Re: [bolger] Re: Tools required to scarf thin plywood
- Hi Don & Craig -
Here comes my 2 cents worth in this easy scarfing search.
The Gougeon brothers sell (less than $25.00) a scarfing attachment for your
skill type saw that does a great job with very little practice (check out-
www.westsystem.com). However on really thin ply it may be hard if your only
doing a single layer.
I consider myself a fairly good wood worker after 5 homes and as
many boats but I've always had trouble grinding or planing scarfs by hand to
get what I would consider an attractive joint when finished. My hats off to
you if it's something you can do on a regular basis. I really think that
Paysons system is simply the very best way to go especially since it's
something your going to do on only one boat - at least for a while.
I know he explains it very well in his books, but simply all
you really need in the line of tools is a disc sander attachment for your
electric drill. Butt the 2 pcs of ply together tightly and disc sand a
slight depression down the seam. Using a roll of 4" and a roll of 6" glass
tape - epoxy a strip of 4" down the seam followed immediately by a strip of
6" right on top. Allow it to dry over nite and disc sand the glass edges to
a feather edge. Flip it all over and repeat the process on the other side
and your done and have a joint that's stronger than the wood - if it breaks
the wood comes apart not the glassed joint. It's sooo simple. I've done it
on cabin tops and severat Wharram Cats I've built.
Good Luck - Aloha - Jack Spoering
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