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by Bill E
Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: "4-Quarters" Stock. What is this?
Replies: 20
Views: 6688

Hopefully I'm not nitpicking TOO much here, but a board foot is actually a VOLUME (cubic inches), not an AREA (square inches), isn't it? We tend to think in terms of nominal 1" thick material, so the inches of thickness (i.e. "1") doesn't do anything to the final number when you multiply length x wi...
by Bill E
Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:42 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Harbor Freight Trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 8733

boat-bill-der wrote:My only issues with that are that I don't have a welder or any metal working tools...Wish I did though!!
Well, you could get a welder and some metal working tools at Harbor Freight... :shock:
by Bill E
Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 2994

Another good starting point would be something by Jim Michalak (rhymes with "metallic"). His boats are generally more of the "instant boat" variety, in power, row, and sail configurations. They would give some good practice and exposure, and many (most?) can be built relatively cheaply using Home De...
by Bill E
Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Long leaf yellow pine?
Replies: 14
Views: 5212

JWDOWNS, I think you've hit the high points of drying your own wood. I think the main idea is to reduce drying through the ends, hence the painting with latex. Otherwise, you'll get lots of splitting ("checking") on the ends and produce more waste. Seems I've read that when air-drying wood you shoul...
by Bill E
Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Splitting Lumber?
Replies: 10
Views: 3830

The cypress I got at Lowe's was not in the indoor lumber section. It was in the outdoor/garden section with the other fencing materials. Not sure if it was a short-term product offering; I haven't looked for it in 2-3 years (or more?)
by Bill E
Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Splitting Lumber?
Replies: 10
Views: 3830

FDMSIV, Cypress is also naturally rot resistant, especially in the heartwood. My dad used to talk about a well or cistern that was lined with a hollow cypress log on the farm he grew up on. What are you building and where have you used cypress in your project? I've only used it for building bluebird...
by Bill E
Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Splitting Lumber?
Replies: 10
Views: 3830

I know there are the major specialty lumber suppliers for boatbuilding as listed elsewhere on the website, but another source you might check into is the suppliers of local cabinet shops. They likely won't carry marine plywood (at least not the nicer mahogany type), but it might be worth a few phone...
by Bill E
Fri May 25, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Harbor Freight Trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 8733

I got to thinking about the other big Chinese tool import company around here, so I picked up my handy Northern Tool & Equipment catalog. I know they carry a lot more trailer parts than HF, and I had bought a lot of parts there when I got my 1984 Catalina 22 a few years ago. Sure enough, they carry ...
by Bill E
Wed May 23, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Harbor Freight Trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 8733

Looks a lot like the one that came with the Flying Saucer that Don W just picked up... viewtopic.php?t=3400&start=0

Don - got your ears on? How's the trailer? Is it HF?
by Bill E
Wed May 23, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Harbor Freight Trailer
Replies: 2
Views: 2011

I'm pretty sure Chuck Leinweber over at Duckworks has used this or certainly at least another HF trailer. Go to his site and do a search for Harbor Freight. In short, he's been pleased with it and even did a minor mod on the one he bought.
by Bill E
Mon May 21, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Help me with shipping?
Replies: 15
Views: 7255

I recently picked up a copy of Max Wawrzyniak's book Cheap Outboards (The Beginner's Guide to Making an Old Motor Run Forever) on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Cheap-Outboards-Beginners-Making-Forever/dp/1891369628/ . His motors of choice are the OMC's (Evinrude, Johnson, Gale) and he has a chapt...
by Bill E
Thu May 17, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: ZIP Builders
Replies: 4
Views: 2638

I'm a lurker who's hoping to build either the Squirt, Flying Saucer, or Zip... I think this topic was covered recently, but maybe during the period that got lost on this forum (as did my initial user ID :? ) While a single side may not be cut from a 24"-wide half sheet, someone mentioned that it mig...

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