Dusty
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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 Shawn Baker Jan 13.

 

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Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"It took me longer to convert my worm drive saw over to my handmade jig (had to remove the base shoe to get 1/2" deeper cut) than it did to cut 10 scarfs!!a big 7" grinder with 60-grit will also hog a lot more material faster than the belt…"
Jan 13
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"The depth was the main prob on the offending notches.  I used a scrap of the chine, wrapped in 120 grit, and my fingers.  Slowly sanded and checked repeatedly.   Sore fingers."
Jan 13
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"How did you fix the notches--pull saw?I'm at a similar stage on a 1:6 model Woodie Hindman 16' double-ender and made the notches backwards on a couple of my frames *duh!*...but the model frames are ~10" wide at most and are easy to…"
Jan 13
Don Tyson replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"That boat has such nice lines."
Jan 13
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"btw, catching up on a couple images.  Chines installed, and fared.  Steaming made it super easy, 3/4 inch white oak chines. In retrospect, i should have put more time into making certain the notches were at proper angles to receive the…"
Jan 12
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"After about 8 hours of belt sanding (two 7 foot joints), I've decided I will never belt sand another scarf joint.   I will get over my fear of the router/jig method.  "
Jan 12
Don Tyson replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Has anyone mentioned popping the floor out a bit to give it a positive hump across the boat. In stitch and glue constuction it is easy to accomplish as you simply add 1/8" spacers to the middle of the frames for much of the length. this…"
Dec 21, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"What if you did a 1/4 inch ply, 12-18 ounce triax, 1/4 inch ply sandwhich? Don’t think it would be as strong as glass on 1/2 inch but may be a bendable happy medium?"
Dec 12, 2019
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"One approach that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is the combination of plywood, glass and a honeycomb material like Nida-core. It combines ease of construction with impressive strength - I attacked a test panel with an 8 pound sledge and…"
Dec 12, 2019
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"If and when I build another with a composite floor, I will strongly consider laminating two pieces of quarter inch together to make the bend. 1/2” fir ply has 5 plies. 1/4” x 2 will give me 6 plies and an easier bend."
Dec 10, 2019
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I agree with Rick, and I think he even posted similar advice when I was planning my own build. I had a hard time bending half-inch plywood on my floor and glassed after it was in place. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to bend with one…"
Dec 10, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dependent upon the amount of fiberglass and its' weight the greater or lesser the ability for it to bend. I laminated at least one layer of 18 tri-directional glass on the inside of my floor as did Gregg. I had to use multiple ratchet straps,…"
Dec 10, 2019
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Thanks for the info Phil.  that's such a cool boat."
Dec 10, 2019
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"glad you mentioned that Gregg.  Maybe 6 oz glass the inside before mount, then glass the outside after mounting?"
Dec 10, 2019
Gregg Maddock replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, I ‘glassed the bottom of my last 2 boats. The first was 14’ with 3/8” bottom. The second was a 17’ with a 1/2” bottom.  While both have added strength I did run into one problem on the 17’ boat.…"
Dec 10, 2019
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, FYI, late November 2017 I was fishing Steelhead on the Lower AuSable in Michigan.  As I was drifting downstream I went to pour a cup of coffee.  Before I Had a chance to finish that I hit an unseen deadhead.  The picture tells…"
Dec 6, 2019

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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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