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by Fred in Wisc
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Marine epoxy part A settle out
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: Marine epoxy part A settle out

I get that all the time, my basement is pretty cold. A hot water bath works well, but my favorite is to set it a few inches above a 60-100w incandescent light bulb, put a box over the whole thing, and let it warm up for a few hours or overnight. don't get it too close to the bulb, don't want to melt...
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Core Materials: Plywood, Foam core and Honeycomb
Topic: Best plywood from Lowe’s??
Replies: 27
Views: 738

Re: Best plywood from Lowe’s??

I've built several little boats, mostly on the cheap, so I can speak to this from experience. One I used 4mm Okume marine, one AC exterior, one Lauan/ mahogany/ meranti (not sure which they look close- not marine rated but passed a boil test), one BC exterior, and 3 cheap Canoes with 1/4" underlayme...
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: C17 here we come ready or not
Replies: 23
Views: 611

Re: C17 here we come ready or not

Congratulations on starting a boat project. You'll find this forum to be super friendly and helpful. And Jacques designs some kick-ass boats - well thought out and with really nice detailed plans. Rather than all that protective gear for sanding the fiberglass, you may want to consider a HEPA dust e...
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: My daughter wants a boat.
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

Re: My daughter wants a boat.

Do good marine ply if at all possible. It's stronger, you can sometimes get away with thinner. Takes WAY less epoxy and time to seal and sand and sand and sand and finish. And you'll get a way lighter boat. I built each of my kids a scaled down CC14, according to their size. My daughter's is about 8...
by Fred in Wisc
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Battle is Over
Replies: 24
Views: 778

Re: Battle is Over

Sorry to hear that. I remember going through the same thing a few years back, and it sure wasn't easy. I'll be prayin' for your family.
by Fred in Wisc
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Builders' Tips, Tools, and Tricks of the trade
Topic: Favorite Boat Building Tools
Replies: 21
Views: 2610

Re: Favorite Boat Building Tools

Another vote for the Festools. I use an ETS150/5 sander with a CT series dust extractor vacuum. Freaking awesome. Low vibration, nice ergonomic grip, sandpaper lasts a long time with the dust extraction, and the dust extractor eliminates probably 95%+ of the floor and airborne dust from sanding. It ...
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: Dougster's Scrap Ply Cheap Canoe
Replies: 28
Views: 1332

Re: Dougster's Scrap Ply Cheap Canoe

A cheap canoe meet is to a boat builders' meet as a scooter gang is to a motorcycle gang...


But I'd go if it was nearby. I'd like to get to one of those meets and put some faces to the screen names.
by Fred in Wisc
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: Dougster's Scrap Ply Cheap Canoe
Replies: 28
Views: 1332

Re: Dougster's Scrap Ply Cheap Canoe

That's a handsome little boat Dougster. And seeing it finished is making me feel a little guilty that mine's not done yet. I'd better step it up.
by Fred in Wisc
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids
Replies: 18
Views: 745

Re: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids

Thanks Dougster, but close up this sure ain't perfect. It's got a good 6 foot finish, and it isn't likely to get much better. The slotted rail is probably my favorite part, I think those are nice looking, too. And I like that I can install the seatback and whatever other accessories just with some l...
by Fred in Wisc
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids
Replies: 18
Views: 745

Re: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids

Second one solo. Also built 3 with my scouting kids at church. Plus a Swift Canoe, a little Hickman Sled and a paddle boat. And I had 2 sheets of 4mm okume left from my Hickman build, that's already cut out for a cc14 kayak for myself. But the kids need boats first, I can use my cheap plastic one fo...