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.
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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,…"
"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.…"
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…"
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.