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by rbrandenstein
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Roberta's ZIP
Replies: 1010
Views: 161005

Re: Roberta's ZIP

Congratulations on the flip! It really is looking good.
I look forward to flipping my Malahini in the near future. I don't have Champagne types; more like bourbon and beer.
by rbrandenstein
Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

The plywood skinning is complete. I am amazed how a flat sheet of the 3/8"plywood can be bent around to create a smooth, curved surface as the bottom come forward and attaches to the stem. I didn't require soaking. I just walked drywall screws along the chine to pull the panel in as I moved toward t...
by rbrandenstein
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Costs to build barrelback
Replies: 13
Views: 3550

Re: Costs to build barrelback

I think a bandsaw was very useful for cutting curved frames and such, especially when they are doubled up so you can cut two at once. A good sabre saw and circular saw are needed as well. I think, as others have stated, a table saw is very handy, but not required. Sanders, you need a lot of them. A ...
by rbrandenstein
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lo Voltage construction thread
Replies: 242
Views: 33685

Re: Lo Voltage construction thread

Very nice and nice work! I was also thinking of using maple strips between the mahogany to provide the contrast. I didn't think I could stain the mahogany, but this thread implies otherwise. Thanks for the tips.
by rbrandenstein
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: malahini
Replies: 5
Views: 1425

Re: malahini

Good to hear from another Malahini builder. Seems like we have a pretty large contingent. It is a well proportioned design and just happens to fit in my garage!
by rbrandenstein
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: How to drill a straight line!!
Replies: 18
Views: 11006

Re: How to drill a straight line!!

I had trouble with this as well. I even used a drill press to pre-drill the holes in the stem for the carriage bolts and they didn't come though exactly on center. I think the normal drill bits can wander, especially in plywood that isn't a uniform density. When I drilled for my boweye, I used a bra...
by rbrandenstein
Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini: The Rest of The Story
Replies: 394
Views: 39996

Re: Malahini: The Rest of The Story

Looking good. It's fun to get goodies for the boat. Sort of like Christmas, every week.

I thought of the battery in the front, but the price of battery cable all the way to the back would get expensive. You'd probably need 2 gauge or better for that distance.
by rbrandenstein
Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

Yes, the tool vibrates back and forth 19,000 times a minute. It only moves about a 1/16 of an inch. This allows you to control the cutting very precisely because it doesn't move on you. You can actually plunge it into the wood or push it along a cut line with a lot of control. The Harbor Freight ver...
by rbrandenstein
Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

A few more pictures.
Here's the attached panel.
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And a close-up of the transition joint. The back half hasn't been trimmed yet; I need to wait for the epoxy to set. I doubt I will get the other panel on tomorrow. The weather is turning cold for a couple days.
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by rbrandenstein
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

Friday and Saturday were warm, so I took Friday afternoon off and put the two rear bottom pieces on. They're pretty easy since the bottom is pretty flat back there. But man, does it take a lot of screws. I thought I'd have to countersink each hole so I could sink the heads of the silicon bronze scre...
by rbrandenstein
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Homemade Scarfing Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 7156

Re: Homemade Scarfing Tool

For the heck of it, I hand scarfed the 3/8" plywood that is laminated to the keel. A scarf is not necessary for this piece, but I did it just to see what the process is like. I only did about a 2:1 ratio, but it was relatively easy to do. I put one piece on top of the other, set it back and planed b...
by rbrandenstein
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Homemade Scarfing Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 7156

Re: Homemade Scarfing Tool

Sorry for the delay in responding. I haven't looked at this topic in a while. That is an interesting option for scarfing. I also found another one that put a frame around a belt sander and a guide frame that gave you the desired angle. The West System scarf attachment for you circular saw is also an...
by rbrandenstein
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

Thanks for the tips. I was going to try the router but was concerned about tear out/splintering when going across the grain at the transom. Since we walk past the boat when we enter the house I have to keep the walkway clean or the sawdust gets tracked into the house. It's just like I did as a kid a...
by rbrandenstein
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini in Missouri
Replies: 335
Views: 59355

Re: Malahini in Missouri

Turnbuckle was my idea. I fiigured if I needed to tweak the shape, this would be simpler.
by rbrandenstein
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Painting
Topic: Famowood filler and stain
Replies: 1
Views: 2015

Famowood filler and stain

I wanted to share a little experiment I did regarding filling the screw holes on meranti plywood. I filled a few holes in the Meranti with Famowood Mahogany. After drying and sanding it, it matched the plywood perfectly. However, when epoxy resin was brushed on, the wood was a different color than t...

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