Dusty
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  • Harrisburg, OR
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First build
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Hi everyone, I'm just getting started.  I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of these posts (also great).  I've decided to build a 17x54. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dusty Jun 17.

 

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Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"thanks Phil, i'll just thicken the epoxy w/ dust and go that route.  its just the slightest amount for the screws that drove a smidge deep."
Jun 17
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, How deep of a cavity is there to fill?  If just a shallow pocket use a really thickened epoxy (like peanut butter).  I'd use wood sanding dust to thicken the epoxy.  After they are filled just sand the patches fair and…"
Jun 17
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I'm going to use 20 oz triax for the bottom, and again, fiberglassing is new to me. Should I pre-fill the counter sunk screw heads before I start the fiberglassing? if so, with what?"
Jun 17
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Haha well I always tell myself the next boat will be perfect, looking good.  At least you taped the frames, I spent hours scraping 5200 off"
Jun 10
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Just realized my first post on here was December 2017.  Clearly i have kids, wife, job, and other hobbies... too much going on to actually build a boat.  But man, I love it when i get in there and make progress. "
Jun 10
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Bottom attached! Planing to use an electric planer to shave down the edge. then maybe a belt sander to bring it flush."
Jun 10
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Thanks Bennett, you're approximately 12 hours too late on that helpful tip."
Jun 10
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"looking good! Dont forget to round over your limber holes now before the bottom is on(if you are going to) every time I have to clean one out clogged with acorns or whatever I curse my past self for leaving them unrounded."
Jun 9
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Finally preparing for fastening the floor.  had to straighten this frame:"
Jun 4
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Here's the outcome.  Decided to durabak "smooth" between the 3rd frame and the 10th frame.  leaving the front and back natural.  I think it's going to work out."
Jun 4
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Yah, i've already got fiberglass, and two (threeish) coats of epoxy.  I just screwed up the epoxy and didn't wet the fiberglass in a spot, so now i want to cover it up.  Durabak sounds like it's pretty awesome.  But i…"
Apr 24
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I think you could probably do that, I guess the 5200 between the frames and the bottom is just there to seal and not glue but it ends up doing both.  Id just do a quick test to make sure your prep process gets it to stick to the wood…"
Apr 24
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Decided to go w/ Durabak for the inside bottom.  Should I affix the bottom before coating w/ durabak?  I'm not coating frames or chines."
Apr 24
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"thanks Shawn, appreciate the input. "
Apr 20
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Nah, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.You still have the weave of the glass covered with epoxy matrix.  You just don't have the individual fibers completely filled.  It's probably still 90% as strong as fully wet out. The…"
Apr 20
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Do you think that I will be prone to some sort of failure with the epoxy as time goes on?  I'm imagining the air pocket, and expansion or whatever.  "
Apr 20

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Hometown:
Harrisburg
About Me:
Fell in love with rivers as a small kid, fly fishing the McKenzie. Moved away from fishing and into whitewater rafting in my 30's where i honed my river running skills for the past 15 years. Now I'm ready put the two pieces together... fly fishing and river running, and I am one who believes there is no better way to float a river than a wooden drift boat. And so i've decided to build one, God willing.
Boats I own:
Just a Maravia raft currently

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