Shawn Baker
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  • Kalispell, MT
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baby Briggs build
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I love my big 17' Jerry Briggs-inspired Grand Canyon dory from Andy Hutchinson's plans, but she's way too big for day runs.  Time to build a little boat.10'-6" LOA60" beam36" floor width~23" deep at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Baker on Thursday.

Rest in Peace, Jerry Briggs

Roger Fletcher just posted on Facebook of Jerry's passing: "JERRY BRIGGS -- We lose another river legend - a great guy who made significant contributions to river dory deign and use. In addition to…Continue

Started Feb 14, 2019

Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)
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This will be heavily glassed and painted on both sides, not worried about fir checking which is better for stiffness and strength as a floor core material?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Baker Oct 9, 2020.

 

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Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"^^^This would be a great way to fill the gap.and like James said, still looks awesome Dusty.  We as builders stress more about things like this than anyone else looking at the boat.  Wanna hear a secret?  I beveled the foot of my stem…"
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"That's a great idea...and 5200 is resilient enough that it won't pull the panel out of fair."
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Day 20: 2 more lips.  11 down, 21 to go"
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I’d be hesitant to pull it hard with a deep clamp if the panel is fair. You’ll make a flat spot. If it’s already glued and the other side is touching, go for the shim."
Thursday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Thanks for the kind comment, Guy!I'm standing on the shoulders of giants.  Someone else paid it forward and shared what they knew; happy to share so others can learn from what I'm doing.I assimilate a LOT of ideas from other…"
Wednesday
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"^^Your bevel fits down at the chine log.  The bevel has to roll slightly as the panel twists at a different angle from chine to sheer.Or add a shim.  I try to avoid large epoxy fills--it runs out too easily, it's heavy, it's…"
Wednesday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"19: the sides of the side hatch frames and 2 more hatch lips. Should have done these hatch lips first on the largest stern hatch, as it needs the longest HDPE strips ... and they get cut down to do the smaller and smaller hatches."
Wednesday
Guy Fredrickson replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"The kayak link didn’t work for me. But I did look at the 17-ft boat. Very impressive work. Good of you to share the experience. I too think that’s important to do. "
Wednesday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Thanks Guy!  I've had practice. I built wooden sea kayaks back in the late 90's:http://www.oocities.org/shawnkayak/Then a boatbuilding hiatus with young kids, and built a 17' whitewater dory in 2019:…"
Tuesday
Guy Fredrickson replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"You’re doing pretty awesome work yourself. That’s a complex build. "
Tuesday
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Center bulkheads were in, so it was easy to clamp the spare oar slots to them, and maintain 14" spacing and keep everything square to match the hatch lids.  Also easier to glue and clamp in the frames now than to try to cope them around…"
Tuesday
Shawn Baker replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"very nice, Guy!  Great attention to detail!"
Jan 18
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"17.5 (1hr this morning before work) fill coat the bow deck and visible portions of the oar slots.  I’ll leave it raw wood belowdecks so no filler and I can see if I get rot or damage. the HDPE leaves a very fine finish and wraps the…"
Jan 18
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Day 17, Sunday: glassed the foredeck, fill coat on the aft deck, glassed the spare oar slot floor, Glassed 2 of 16 hatch lid lips (4 lids, 4 sides...but then another 4x4 on the decks.  Gotta get going!! I use HDPE strips to press the…"
Jan 18
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Day 16, a good 8hr Saturday: Sanded the stern deck fillets, scribed and fit the spare oar slot floors, squared and trimmed the hatch lids, ripped the hatch lip stock (3/8” x3/8” mahogany and jatoba), another fillet and glassed the stern…"
Jan 18
Shawn Baker replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Big travel day for work yesterday, so I didn't get the thread updated.Day 14 (Weds night): glassed the frames, stem, and transom.  Stem and transom have 17oz biax on the joints.Stern deck frames glassed Bow deck frameFrame corners have 2…"
Jan 15

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Hometown:
Kalispell
About Me:
Started building wooden sea kayaks back in 1997. Then got into whitewater kayaking, then rafting. Finally built a whitewater dory this year.
Boats I own:
Lost count...wooden sea kayaks, skin on frame kayaks, whitewater rafts and kayaks, and a whitewater dory

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