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Varnish Issue
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HELP! I have made a new pair of 8 ft. Oars and after finish maching them I added two coats of neat epoxy with 6 oz. glass on the edges of the blades (25" long section). This is the third pair of oars…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Mar 16, 2017.

Framing Design Variabiles
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This subject has been around in recent posts, so I am adding this to help folks here better understand how the different construction methods compare.When I decided to build a drift boat back in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Thomas Aug 15, 2015.

Bottom Coating for Wooden Boats.
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Hey folks I just was reading another forum's posting on alternate sealants and coatings and it struck me that this may be another option for a Drift Boat Bottom Coating.  There has been prior…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson Jul 25, 2015.

Steam Bending Planks
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Check out this video from Jamestown Distributors on Steam Bending Planks, Inwales and Outwales.  It's a simple way of doing it.  Finding the materials may be the tougher task.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Dec 21, 2014.

 

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Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty,  A SHARP Plane is a must!  a low angle might work better on the Htdrotek.  They gotta be sharp, especially with the hardwoods.  There's a lot of videos on YouTube on sharpening plane and chisel…"
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Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Jason, Check out this out.  I good explaination on the use of the JHSG.  Also a couple of other methods shown after the John Henry bit. http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?110517-John-Henry...-Easy-scarfing-and-glueup Dorf"
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Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"To avoid re-sharpening the Plane's blade after messing with epoxy beads and such I have I have used a sharp chisel to cut the beads that are sticking their nasty heads above the wood joints.  i have most times switched the chisel to use it…"
Jan 12
Jason Knight commented on Phillip Westendorf's photo
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"Dang, how did that happen?"
Jan 8
Mike Thomas replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Merry Christmas to everyone too. Hey Dorf, once that repair is done, looks like the trailer needs some touch up too :)"
Dec 24, 2017
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all you Wooden Boat People!  Looking forward to 2018 and putting more time fishing in the DB and not working on it as much."
Dec 23, 2017
Mike Thomas replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"man, bummer Phil, couldnt have happened to a nicer fella! You needed something to work on anyway :)"
Dec 21, 2017
John Squire replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Dorf, I watched a guy make a wooden wagon wheel .... he steamed the rim in a long pipe with water welded closed at one end and heated it with a torch and it curved around his jig like spaghetti.   The other thought I had is to laminate…"
Dec 12, 2017
craig curtis replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I made some clamp blocks that matched my gunwale so I could curve the patch pieces. Worked a lot better than trying to fit them flat."
Dec 12, 2017
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"John, Interesting idea, I might need to do something like that to match the cedar strip colors after the patch is installed.  My concern for the moment is wether I'll need to steam the strips to match the curvature of the boat's side…"
Dec 12, 2017
John Squire replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I had a repair similar to your project on a 4 panel Alder door that a renters dog gnawed on. I patched reconstructed the area with bondo.. Got the surface sanded smooth put a coat or 2 of finish on the patched area... Then I matched the grain, color…"
Dec 11, 2017
craig curtis replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I wonder if you could route out a step, on the top and bottom of the cut so the patch bends around to match the sides."
Dec 10, 2017
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Charles, Thanks for your comments.  I have scarfed the forward (right side).  The top and bottom will be fit with bead and cove same as the rest of the side construction.  It should be, when complete, the same strength as the…"
Dec 10, 2017
charles G replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"You might want to scarf your cut out you will get a better bond for your patch!! You wouldn't have to cut it out all the way to the ribs! Have fun it's just a scratch"
Dec 10, 2017
Jacob P replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Ouch. At least its fixable, good luck with the repair, she has a little character now "
Dec 9, 2017
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Mike, Need to talk to you!  Call me, eh. phil w"
Dec 8, 2017

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Hometown:
Saginaw. MI
About Me:
Hobbies: Wood Carver, Woodworker, Fishing.
Boats I own:
1969 SS-170 Slickcraft, 16 ft. Peterborough Cedar Strip Canoe, 16 Ft. Wooden Drift Boat, Launched in 2014

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2016 Mid-West Wooden Boat Float and Outing

Last year there was some discussion about having a Wooden Boat Outing somewhere in the East.  I have had discussions with some folks here and on other forums about having one here in the Mid-West, possibly Michigan.

If the is anyone interested in participating or to help put one together please add you comments here. We'll see what interest there is and go from there.  Don't be shy!

Dorf

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

DB Motor......

I've never been a proponent of a motor on a drift boat, but....  After a few times down the local rivers here in Michigan I am thinking it might be better to drop in at a location and then fish the river either Upstream or downstream then motor back to the drop-in point (Increases time fishing vs. rowing).  I end up fishing just a small portion of the rivers.  The spotting fees here are reasonable, money isn't the primary issue, it's the time spent rowing Frog Water to the take out point is…

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:48pm — 7 Comments

DB Trailer Roller

I just went through this exercise and thought it maybe helpful to others.  My goal was to build a roller with as much material readily available and minimize high cost materials and specialty skills.

The drawing is a sketch I made recently to plan the roller, bearing mounting and mounting.  My roller is 54" Long.

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Posted on May 18, 2013 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Scarfing Jig Design.

I have been asked to share this information with one of the members of this site and am posting it here so others who may be interested in this can benefit. 

I made this jig several years ago (2006) while building a cedar strip canoe.  As I have begun to build my Drift Boat, I made changes to accomodate the different pieces the boat requires.  Also I have updated the clamps.  The drawing below has been updated to reflect the revisions.  The pictures shown below is of the current…

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

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At 12:56pm on May 2, 2014, Arnold a. Koch said…

Hi Phillip,

I found the web page for the catch and release nets that you were asking about the other day.

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/replacement-nets/934160.aspx

Sorry I did not answer your all your questions the other day.

Arnie

At 6:24am on September 23, 2013, Chris Patterson said…

Thanks Phillip, I got your note.  I have already got the drain plug though.

At 1:57pm on March 16, 2013, Josh Wieschowski said…

Yeah Phillip, that is a good idea. It seems to me that making some oars is quite mysterious? Its hard to find info or get definate answers. We should exchange ideas soon! Talk to you later!

At 4:17pm on March 13, 2012, Jason Knight said…

Hey Phillip,

Just wanted to say hello, I see you are from Saginaw.

I live downstate in the Ferndale/Royal Oak area, but spend a lot of time up on the rivers chasing fish. Talk to you later!

Jason

 
 
 

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