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by Dave Grason
Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: [Deck] Oak in the mahogany
Replies: 12
Views: 7651

Take a tip and buy yourself a random orbit sander to sand it all down prior to varnishing, it takes minutes with this tool and you don't get the "swirlies" that you do with an orbital. Yes, these are GREAT! Here's one more tip. Do NOT let anyone touch your work with their bare hands before you stai...
by Dave Grason
Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:00 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: [Deck] Oak in the mahogany
Replies: 12
Views: 7651

Yes, I absolutely agree with you, David. I'm swinging toward planking, too. It seems to me that the potential for an unrepairable error with plywood is just not worth the risk to try and save labor on the front end. I know that there are those guys out there that are using plywood in this manner and...
by Dave Grason
Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:00 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: [Deck] Oak in the mahogany
Replies: 12
Views: 7651

Or another alternative to painting or routing would be to use a table saw and cut kerfs in the plywood for your feature lines. I do see one problem with using the plywood in this manner. That is that your kerf should not be the full width that you want to end up with. Your deck will have an arch to ...
by Dave Grason
Thu Aug 12, 2004 2:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: introduce yourself and what type of boat your building
Replies: 45
Views: 28458

I think you are mistaken about the Yellow Pine, you must be thinking of the usual cheap stuff used for general construction work. I'm almost certain that Jeff is referring to Southern Yellow Pine (or I hope he is!)... Well, you're right about that. Around here, the cheap construction stuff is all t...
by Dave Grason
Thu Aug 12, 2004 2:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: introduce yourself and what type of boat your building
Replies: 45
Views: 28458

The downside can be low winter temperatures though, which is a real headache when working with epoxy, below a certain temperature the stuff just doesn't want to cure. Even in the winter, that won't be near as critical in Tampa Florida as it would be in England. Tampa is way farther down in latitude...
by Dave Grason
Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:44 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Alternative to Epoxy for Monte Carlo
Replies: 13
Views: 12226

Often times when a thread on any forum gets started on one subject, by the time several posts have been made, the original topic has become diluted with other conversation. Such is the case with this thread. Personally, I see nothing wrong with this because I like the input from a lot of different a...
by Dave Grason
Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: introduce yourself and what type of boat your building
Replies: 45
Views: 28458

Erik, do you know Martien at www.veltens.nl ? I don't know how big a country the Netherlands is but the 2 of you certainly have a lot in common. I wouldn't think that you could be all that far apart, either. From what I can see, your project is looking excellent! I wish you much success. Many would ...
by Dave Grason
Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Painting
Topic: Painting
Replies: 2
Views: 3647

Also, do NOT glass over an oil based stain - only water based stains will allow adhesion between the wood and glass. If you've already slipped and put down an oil based stain, simply sand it enough to break the surface. Then you'll have enough adhesion.
by Dave Grason
Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:52 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: The New "Mahogany"
Replies: 9
Views: 7302

I'm with you, Hal. The stuff is so darn good looking that I've decided that it will be my choice for a good number of things in my project. I really need to get started.
by Dave Grason
Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:10 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: How hard is steel building?
Replies: 9
Views: 11859

... Splash out and get a good one, you can always sell it when you're finished.... Or you might be able to find a good one used already. I bought mine used from the Lincoln repair center. The guys that work there are always coming up with good used units. They buy and sell and swap back and forth a...
by Dave Grason
Fri Jun 11, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: How hard is steel building?
Replies: 9
Views: 11859

Now if building in steel has you intimidated, there's no need to fear. A woman in Argentina has built herself a steel 34ft sailing yacht and is circumnavigation the globe. If she can do it, you can too. Here's the website: www.miryambrizuela.com She not only can build boats in steel, she's a hottie ...
by Dave Grason
Sun Jun 06, 2004 4:01 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: So, You want to buy a welding machine...?
Replies: 61
Views: 74938

Wow, I just read this entire thread and I'm really glad you started it, River City.

Lots of good info and I know that I'll be using it in the future.
by Dave Grason
Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:50 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: I want to weld boat docks and trailers
Replies: 9
Views: 12511

I guess it's all in what you get used to, because I've never been able to get satisfactory results with an arc welder but I've seen others that turned out absolutely beautiful work with them. But I'm a madman with a MIG welder. I have a Lincoln 225 MIG and I love it. It's about 15 years old though a...
by Dave Grason
Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:25 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Question about "best" boatbuilding material for fi
Replies: 4
Views: 4364

I really agree with Graham on the recomendation of building in wood. Having spent many years in the building trades, I can say that for the first time builder, wood is really very forgiving. Here in my area, we live in the white oak capital of the world. Many people have bumper stickers that read: "...
by Dave Grason
Wed Feb 25, 2004 4:32 am
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Staplers
Replies: 6
Views: 8201

Whenever I've used staplers and other nail guns, I've never found an electric that had the driving power of an air gun. And for sinking nail heads and staples into hard wood such as oak, many times, even air guns didn't get the job done. Back in the 80s, the first of the really nice trim guns still ...

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