justin nicola
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oarlock spacing, formula??
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coming down the home stretch.  everything done except seats are "in paint", the jewelry is going on.  i decided to change seating layout slightly to accomodate a second person.  wondering how far…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by justin nicola May 29, 2011.

how many coats of epiphanes??
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coming down the home stretch on my build.  glass is done, paint is done, rest of the hull has two coats of west epoxy w/ special clear hardener.  started applying epiphanes varnish last week.  first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by justin nicola May 12, 2011.

to abrade or to sand fully, that is the question

i now have a coat of epoxy on the entire hull, inside and out.  getting ready to varnish.  my question: can i abrade the epoxy or do i need to sand it all the way to a scuffed gray?  i have heard…Continue

Started Apr 27, 2011

fiberglass for dummies, plan of attack, hole poking time...
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getting ready to start glassing the bottom of my hull.  flipped boat and wrapped waterproof drop cloth as a "skirt" 4 inches above waterline draping over top of gunnels (see pic).  everything below…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by justin nicola Apr 19, 2011.

 

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Jack Rose replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Michael, Steve Smith, the guy who makes CPES, touts a process where he soaks MEK into papertowels, then covers it with aluminum foil in order to remove old coats of varnish. But that sounds pretty similar to what you just discovered on your own. So…"
Mar 13, 2012
John Greenleaf replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Good to hear- the mineral spirits only works when it is still wet. once the curing process begins, it won't work. I'm doing a little experiment based on our discussion. Namely soaking wood for an extended time in acetone - we'll see…"
Mar 9, 2012
Michael Rosso replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"I forgot to mention that I tried mineral spirits first and it didn't do squat for me."
Mar 9, 2012
Michael Rosso replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Hi John, Well the results are in.  ...drumroll....   the acetone wins by a landslide!   I scraped the excess 5200 off with a thin razor scraper and just put a little acetone on a rag, wiped it over the adhesive left inside…"
Mar 9, 2012
John Greenleaf replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Yea, I agree - the whole end soaking thing could have unintended consequences. While I've  been pretty liberal with the stuff, it is pretty nasty stuff. I'm pretty certain that at least short-term it will not damage the wood to a…"
Mar 8, 2012
Michael Rosso replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Excellent. Thanks for the advice.   I'm not sure why, but I'm apprehensive to let one whole end of my frame completely soak in acetone!   That's nasty stuff.   I'll try it on a test piece and see how…"
Mar 8, 2012
John Greenleaf replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"Michael, If you are intending on just cleaning up the pieces to then re-glue, I'd use acetone. Best method - soak glued ends in a coffee can of the stuff. Note: If you just wipe it on, most will just evaporate and it will not be nearly as…"
Mar 8, 2012
Michael Rosso replied to justin nicola's discussion good trick for smooth 5200 joints...
"John, I mistakenly used 5200 to assemble the frames of my boat project.  Needless to say I thankfully discovered the error of my ways and am in the process of disassembling the frames.  the 5200 has been setting up for about 72…"
Mar 8, 2012
justin nicola replied to Dave Z's discussion Flyfisher skiff on the water
"agree w jonathan.  those are some gorgeous fish.  maybe ive been away from trout fishing for too long but those look like natives to me. "
Jun 8, 2011
justin nicola replied to Christian Lazarides's discussion A show of hands Please!
"i wanted to restore one for quite some time but could not find the right boat to restore.  wound up building from scratch and it was a great experience.  what rick says about margin for error is absolutely right.  but remember, you…"
Jun 8, 2011
justin nicola replied to justin nicola's discussion oarlock spacing, formula??
"thanks guys.  boat is a surprise present so i want it done when i deliver it.  mounted them 10.5" to center of lock from front of seat.  worst case scenario, ill add another pair.   wound up adding an extra seat,…"
May 29, 2011
Dave Z replied to justin nicola's discussion oarlock spacing, formula??
"Justin,   Get dad in the boat, oars in hands and sitting comfortable. I have boats that are 9 inches from the edge of the seat, and once that are 11.  It depends on the rower, seat position and comfortable arm position.   In a…"
May 26, 2011
Lawrence E. Long replied to justin nicola's discussion oarlock spacing, formula??
"Justin:  11-12 in from the     front of the seat  to the centerline of the lock and the seat about 6-8 in below the gunwale works for me- I am 5'9" with Budwizer abs. Good Luck"
May 26, 2011
justin nicola replied to justin nicola's discussion oarlock spacing, formula??
"oh yeah, and i have some gorgeous antique oarlocks holders, so i cant make an adjustablke one (like some of the smarter people on here have done)...."
May 26, 2011
justin nicola replied to Kelly Neu's discussion 2x4s for frames...will it work?
"you can use a strong table saw to accomplish this as well.  just set it on edge, run it through, then flip it over and run it through on the other side.  all of a sudden you have 2 1x4s instead of 1 2x4. "
May 23, 2011
justin nicola replied to Kelly Neu's discussion 2x4s for frames...will it work?
"as a better woodworker than boat builder, i would say yes.  pine is naturally porous and considered a "soft" wood, so it is certainly not ideal, but from a structural standpoint it will work.  certainly would not be my first…"
May 23, 2011

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charleston, sc
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woodworking, tennis, fishing
Boats I own:
classic seacraft, wooden boat "natale 1" in the works
sorry if i went a little overboard w/ pictures.  i think i am the only person in my generation to not "facebook" or anything like that, so boating/fishing/investment forums are my social network on the internet.  for the record, my girlfriend was livid when i showed her the flounder picture (which i love by the way), so i posted another one of her that is more flattering.

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At 1:05pm on January 19, 2011, Jim Hall said…
Hi Justin, thanks for friending me. Are you staying warm this winter--thinking happy thoughts of summer river trips?
At 5:31pm on January 11, 2011, Greg Hatten said…

Hey - by the way... my son got married in Charleston in September - very cool wedding - awesome town, Charleston!!  We fell in love with the place.  Great Food.

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