Phillip Westendorf
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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 Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I have the boat patched and have been using it.  Got too warm here in recent days, water temps in the rivers are in the 70's which stresses the fish too much.  So we're waiting for cooler temps.  Going to update my…"
Jul 4
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy,  Good to see your still around.  Lots of new faces and a few diehards.  Boat still looks great. Dorf"
May 27
Phillip Westendorf replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"JC,  If you go with graphite in the bottom coats of epoxy, take the time to read the instructions on the can.  Too much added is no good, makes the epoxy brittle.  Guess how I know?  Read my blog "Dorf's Wooden Drift…"
May 23
Phillip Westendorf replied to JC Smith's discussion Fiberglassing bottoms
"Ditto!!! I have three layers of 6 Oz. with Graphite in the last three coats of epoxy and after 4 years of draging it on-off the rivers (rocks, sand, deadheads, dirt banks, and timbers) it's holding up well.  Now Maintenance required…"
May 18
Phillip Westendorf replied to MIKE PALMER's discussion Towing on the water.
"Mike, Seems to me this isn't too good of an idea.  As Rick points out it'll be a riskey deal.  They don't draw much water and with a flat bottom anything more than a couple miles per hour would be asking for trouble. …"
May 18
Phillip Westendorf replied to David Harbor's discussion Where to get a trailer out east?
"Davis Harbor,  Do a search on this site (Upper right corner of the screen), there are several builds of trailers.  Mike Rosso's build in 2013 is very detailed also in my build (Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat) I detailed a trailer I…"
May 5
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…"
Feb 19
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"
Feb 19
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
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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

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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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