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by bronk
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: renegade/kingpin vs. barrelback/monaco
Replies: 48
Views: 12558

in rough water the boat can be a bit of a rough and wet ride. So I won't take it out on something big like Lake Michigan. However on smaller inland lakes it is just fine. For me, an inboard is still the way to go. This will be our 9th season with the Riviera. Plenty of power, great hole shot for pul...
by bronk
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Cutting Fiberglass cloth
Replies: 4
Views: 4010

The good sheers can be easily re-sharpened. Use a 6-8" mill bastard file and cross file along the bevel. Knock off any burr with a small stone (oil, water or diamond) and give back to your wife. Make sure you clean the epoxy off first! My wife, Teal is an avid sewer / seamstress and I have been shar...
by bronk
Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Riviera Power
Replies: 21
Views: 9489

After a 8 years of use, I still find it hard to think of a better alternative to the 350 in the Riviera. WIhteh mulit-port fuel injection mine has it starts every time. Gas consumption is holding steady at about 3.5 gal per engine hour. This is pretty constant whether cruising, tubing, wakeboarding,...
by bronk
Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: are fasteners required???
Replies: 16
Views: 9384

Mine is very nearly fastener free. You just want to be darn sure your glue ups are perfect and maybe be a bit more generous on your inside fillets to make up. When I spoke with Glen Witt on this, he liked having the fasteners as kind of a safety net in case a glue up was not perfect. Kind of a belt ...
by bronk
Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: monel staples?
Replies: 2
Views: 3629

You are heading down the same path I was on my boat. However in the end it was easier to pull the staples. The problem with narrow crown is tha they really do not have a lot of holding power on the thin laminations and it is a very fine line between seating the head slightly below the surface of the...
by bronk
Fri May 25, 2007 6:29 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Which electric planer to get?
Replies: 10
Views: 6786

Maybe this is heretical, but do you already have hand planes? I bought a power plane (Freud ) for my Riviera, used it for the chines and keel and it just sits ever since. The majoriy of the planing was (and still is) with hand planes or a stationary thickness planer or jointer. How about spending th...
by bronk
Fri May 25, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Cool Touch Soldering Iron
Replies: 4
Views: 5191

for workin on the boat a small butane iron is the best thing. reasons such as:

No cord in the way (fewer burns on your body and boat)
Quck heat up
Put the blower tip on for shinking heat shrink tubing quickly
Faster to refil than the others are to recharge.

I have a Weller Portasol
by bronk
Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Propeller Shaft Strut Angle.
Replies: 5
Views: 4871

You can alwasy shim / bed the strut at a 2 degreee angle to make up the difference. It is really very simple to do Get everything lined up (engine in place), shaft on, strut placed and mounting holes drilled. If there is really a 2 degree error, you cna do several things: Plane / shave the plywood t...
by bronk
Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Some "New" planes
Replies: 5
Views: 4686

Yes it looks like a 45. Do a little electrolysis cleaning on it and it should look pretty decent. Check out Patrick's Blood and Gore for more info on Stanley planes. See: http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0a.html I did a brief article on it at (go down a page): http://www.wiscwoodworkersguild.o...
by bronk
Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Wood Size Framing 3/4 vs 4/4
Replies: 6
Views: 3903

I used 4/4 rough sawn which when planed, came out at 13/16 (local mill cuts a bit generous).
by bronk
Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Using fasteners when I epoxy - question
Replies: 5
Views: 3859

Screws are not needed after the epoxy cures. The glue joint is stronger than anything the fasteners can do. Screws left in are kind of a "belt and suspenders" thing. Just be sure to have the fasteners removed anywhere you may have to cut for notches (for chines, sheers, battens), limbers, etc. In my...
by bronk
Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Using fasteners when I epoxy - question
Replies: 5
Views: 3859

With thickened epoxy a completely glue starged jointis pretty hard to achieve with fasteners as clamps (screws or staples). Resist the urge to over tighten rebular clamps. For white and yellow PVA glues you need prodigous pressure >>100PSI. One of the fun parts of workin with epoxy is you only need ...
by bronk
Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Painting
Topic: Automotive Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 5064

There are 2 major considerations: Above water line use only or for only intermittent immersion. Most paints are not designed for constant (>1-2 wks immersion) and will blister. Properly clean and scuff sand the epoxy. Make sure you truly have a "full scratch " sanding job. Any glossy spots may blist...
by bronk
Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: planer and jointer
Replies: 7
Views: 6194

Hmmm, Link does not work from the USA, I get a page not found error. Try again? There are not a lot of planer/ jointer combo machines made. Have not even seen a picure of one in the woodworking magazines in a number of years. They are apparently more popular in Europe. Depending on construction chag...
by bronk
Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Luan
Replies: 14
Views: 5820

The quality variation can be incredible. A few years ago I had gotten some Luan form Menards (midwest home improvement chain). I was having terrible problems with tear out on cross cuts. I then peeled / planed off the top layer and found only about 50% adhesive coverage. No idea where they got the w...

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