Squirt Transom Build

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GiveATry
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Squirt Transom Build

Postby GiveATry » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:08 pm

I bought the Squirt kit. Am working on the transom. How have others attached the transom frame to the transom? The fastening specifications call for 1 1/4" ringed nails which would go through BOTH the frame and the transom. I could use 1" ringed nails or just glue and clamp the transom frame to the transom board. What have others done?

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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby gdcarpenter » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:09 am

I can't speak from experience because I used a solid transom with no laminations. That being said the fasteners do not add any significant strength, but are instead primarily for aligning and holding the parts together during 'glue up'. If you have 1" nails I'm confident you will be fine.
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GiveATry
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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby GiveATry » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:34 am

Thank you for the reply. Very helpful. I see that you are local to me. Any advice on where to get some of the lumber needed? I am thinking that home improvement stores aren't going to have it.

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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby gdcarpenter » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:38 am

I bought most of my hardwood, primarily white oak, at Capital City lumber in Raleigh.

Hood Distribution:
4725 Auburn-Knightdale Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
919-772-7550
919-772-1356 fax

They are primarily a wholesaler direct to contractors but I had no problem getting some beautiful Joubert 1088 marine ply for my hull there.

Good luck with the build, and don't forget to post photos, we are all voyeurs at heart here:)
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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby vupilot » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:54 am

I substituted screws at all places that the plans called for nails.

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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby Andy Garrett » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:36 am

I did as Chris did. Bronze screws everywhere with one exception. I used ring nails on the frame gussets.
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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby jeff k » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:20 pm

I used screws as well, however I made my transom from 3/4"okume plywood and the frame members from white oak. I put the screws in from the transom side and then when planking the boat I put a 1/4" mahogany ply skin over it hiding the screws forever. Both the frames and skin were also coated with a good amount of thickened epoxy for glue. The 1/4" was clamped in place until dry, no mechanical fasteners needed.
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Re: Squirt Transom Build

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:11 pm

Even if you nail, it is a good idea to use a few screws to hold things in place for nailing.
Nailing can be challenge into white oak. You need to pre-drill for the nails.
I went with screws all around as well.
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