Shawn Baker
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  • Kalispell, MT
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Share your favorite boatbuilding/repair tools and techniques
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What are your favorite wood boatbuilding tools?What are your favorite building/repair techniques?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Feb 5, 2021.

Black Eagle mini dory (was: 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 Rick Newman Apr 28, 2021.

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 Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Beauty job on those deck side hatch lips/frames. You could probably sell them."
Jun 1
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Or it's probably getting in at that fastener.  Pull it, bore a larger hole, seal that with lifecaulk and a dowel."
Mar 28
Shawn Baker replied to Derrick Compton's discussion Epoxy and Varnish Project
""72 hours" is a pretty good rule of thumb for epoxy curing and wait time until subsequent finishes.I was re-reading your comments on having the tackle trays on the sides.  Makes a ton of sense about people leaning..people like to lean…"
Mar 21
Shawn Baker replied to Derrick Compton's discussion Epoxy and Varnish Project
"same as the first time--wet the wood with unthickened epoxy, let it soak in, then glass it.If you do multiple layers of glass, do the smallest piece last.  Seems counter-intuitive, but if you lay the biggest piece on the top of the patch,…"
Mar 20
Shawn Baker replied to Derrick Compton's discussion Epoxy and Varnish Project
"She looks lovely, Derrick.I'd skip putting liner on the whole thing...IMHO adds unnecessary weight. You'll want to roughen the existing liner pretty good so the new stuff will bond.If the original coating was professionally done, maybe…"
Mar 16
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"That's next-level stuff right there.  Awesome."
Mar 2
Shawn Baker replied to chris towles's discussion Oarlocks angle
"Hey Matthew, realize I should have included some photos.Initially had the blocks drilled parallel to the side panels, and they bound on the return stroke.But it gave me some insight to the angle I needed (~15-20°) I couldn't bore them at…"
Feb 24
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"those lil ones are awesome. I did one layer of 17oz biax on mine as well.  If I did it again (and when I redo it), I will add a sacrificial layer of either 6-8oz plain weave or some burly woven roving.  The exposed biax threads will…"
Feb 23
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Ooopsie! Epoxy issue...
"You're super lucky that it went on over hard coats.  It would have been a royal pain if your wood were saturated with uncuring epoxy!!"
Feb 23
Shawn Baker replied to chris towles's discussion Oarlocks angle
"Matthew, I ended up building my lock blocks about 20° in from the angle of the sides.  (Say if my sides were 57° from the floor then the locks ended up at 77°)If you set your lock pins parallel to the sides, the locks will bind…"
Feb 23
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Ooopsie! Epoxy issue...
"If it’s a cold issue, many epoxies pretty much stop curing below 50°F. In a heated room, if you can get them to 80°F they should be hard in 8 hours. If they’re not hard in 8h, scrape off the previous uncured layer, scuff sand…"
Feb 23
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"LAUNCH DAY IS IN SIGHT!!I'm excited for you."
Feb 16
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"I'd argue that one could use 1/4" panels for the sides and bulkheads on even a big boat.3/8" decks depending on how much you'll walk on them and how much space between framing supports.  My 1/4" deck is a bit light on…"
Feb 14
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Aaah..didn't realize yours was 3/8.  Mine is all 1/4" and came in at 153#.While I did a good job with glass/tape, yours is cleaner yet, so assumed lighter esp without bow and stern posts."
Feb 14
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Sweet.  What's your guess on finished weight?I'll throw out 145#"
Feb 14
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Awesome awesome.  That thing's gonna be a hoot!One thing I wish I did (but didn't do) was to put my spreaders closer to the bow and stern.  You'll end up with a nice, fair curve like a Mckenzie boat...but I wanted more of a…"
Jan 31

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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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