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by kens
Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:37 pm
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: Biaxial Clear Coating
Replies: 1
Views: 2750

Biaxial Clear Coating

Does biaxial cloth wetout as clear as regular cloth? I found a supplier of 6oz 45/45 biaxial. The cost was reasonable. Can I expect this stuff to wet out clear for a natural finish?
by kens
Sat Jul 10, 2004 5:12 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Jelutong plywood, BS1088 Litek
Replies: 1
Views: 2221

Jelutong plywood, BS1088 Litek

Has anyone worked with BS1088 Jelutong plywood named LITEK?
I have examined this in 9mm, and it is the smoothest, most even plies I have ever seen. It weighs between Okoume and Meranti. Every sheet carries the mills (Samling) BS1088 stamp.
Does anyone have experience with this stuff?
by kens
Sat Jul 10, 2004 5:06 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: wood for frames
Replies: 19
Views: 11720

I went thru this also and researched about the gallic acid in White Oak. Been there/done that. Saltwater aint got anything to do with it. I posted a lengthly response in the old message board, and am not gonna repeat it here. Here it is in a nutshell: 1. White Oak swells more than other woods when w...
by kens
Tue Jul 06, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: wood for frames
Replies: 19
Views: 11720

Dont knock white oak too hard. I am building with white oak, and wouldnt do it again, but that it not to say it is bad. I got ash on the last purchase and like it more than oak. I consulted a builder that had a mix of oak and ash, and the ash seems to stain and discolor more than other woods. After ...
by kens
Fri Jul 02, 2004 11:25 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: beginners boat
Replies: 9
Views: 6609

Well, you wont need to build 6 or 8 boats to get where you want to go. If you got some idea of the final hull you want, then you may be able to find a similar type of construction method first, then try it in a small sized hull. Do you have to start with sail on the first boat? Trying powered style ...
by kens
Thu May 13, 2004 12:03 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Vacumbagging when planking?
Replies: 7
Views: 5320

The fiberglass builders have used vacuum similarly for years. They vacuum the foam core onto the first layer, then vacuum the next layer to the foam. If they can do it, why not a wooden boat? The first layer of the materiel is the back side of the bag, then you only need to seal up the plastic on th...
by kens
Thu May 06, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: Stringer Material
Replies: 2
Views: 3377

I dont know the name of it, but it does exist. I have seen it, grey colored. I suggest searching the same suppliers as the lightweight foam core materiel.
by kens
Sat May 01, 2004 6:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Laminating a stem
Replies: 10
Views: 5891

Ditto on Bronk's entry. Do the 'easy stuff' and get a feel for your tools, bench, workshop as it applies to all the layups your gonna do. Get a system in place for your epoxy mixing station (mix cups, sticks, materiel, etc.) and work those things out on the flat frames. Then, after you build up some...
by kens
Wed Apr 14, 2004 5:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Gluing MDO
Replies: 4
Views: 3204

The book by Dave Gerr, says that MDO is OK. They did not mention any special prep to glue it. I have not tried it either.
The best thing might be to try a piece and test it before you use parts in the project. Do a destructive test with your own glue.
by kens
Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Wood for Keel
Replies: 3
Views: 3038

I see two choices for that. Maybe three. 1. Scarf or butt join the oak. 2. Find another type of wood, and join it. 3. Here is my choice if it were me: Find a high quality lumber yard, perhaps one that supplies lumber for trusses and beams. Get the best quality Yellow Pine 2x12x24' that is possible. ...
by kens
Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:35 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Alternative to Epoxy for Monte Carlo
Replies: 13
Views: 10345

OK, here is my 2 cents. I agree with Barry and the flex joints. I agree with you guys looking for more thrifty glue and new ideas. I am doing a lot of filleting on my Double Eagle on the edge of all gussets. Why not use the high dollar epoxy on the structural joints, then follow up with the 5200, or...
by kens
Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:06 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Simple winch question
Replies: 3
Views: 5262

You can thread the strap thru the side holes to make a kind of flat knot, to prevent it from coming off when all played out.
by kens
Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: moving and cradling a 32 ft boat in my backyard.
Replies: 3
Views: 3300

What Georgia? I am in the coastal Georgia, how about you?
I think you build the cradle as skid, then move it.
by kens
Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How to...Deck Plates/ Hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 3355

How to...Deck Plates/ Hatch

What is a good way to build deck plates/hatches on your ply boat? I looked under the webletters and didnt see anything. I like the style that is common on the 'glass boats, the round ones that pop out. How could you use a similar thing with your own materiels from the project? What about the fastene...
by kens
Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:02 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Notches on Transom Frame
Replies: 7
Views: 4416

What you are trying to figure out is the "fairing". This is the bugaboo of all beginning builders. You need to read the section in Glen-l's book about fairing. The book about boatbuilding with plywood. There is probably some info about "fairing" in the web letters. The earlier question about transom...

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