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Forum topic by RickM posted 02-25-2008 09:52 AM 1039 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2008 09:52 AM

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Sorry about all the questions but I have all those nice tools out there in a cleap shop and I am just itching to get out there working but as luck would have it I had shoulder surgery on Thursday on my right shoulder (and of course I’m right handed). So to the question – I have always wanted to build a small boat for me and possibly the wife, oars only, but while the wood work looks pretty straight forward and inexpensive I have no clue about fiberglassing and from everything I’ve seen it is hugely expensive.
In a previous post about me using Titebond II vs III it was suggested that I would only need the III if it was underwater, and I now it would require a lot of refinishing but it seems to me that tight joints, good glue, a lot of silicon caulk, and either good paint or a marine varnish should do the trick. Am I off the deep end, shoot myself now to stop the gene pool from spreading, or would this work.

One last question that is driving me nuts and is not related to woodworking at all, for some reason I cannot access, I can type it to the search box as, then MSN Live Search pops up with all the web sites and any I select either takes me to another search screen or it load a blank white page. Again I know this is not wood related but I hope there is a computer guru out there that will take pity on a poor surgery recovering, arm falling off, deaths door (Laying it on a bit to much?) anyway please help. Unless I am told to shoot myself for the above question the just send flowers.


-- RickM

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#1 posted 02-25-2008 11:34 AM

Regarding accessing Amazon, I would try two things:

1. Make sure you type It should work the way you’ve been doing it, but typing the entire address might just do something.
2. If you’re a Windows user, download and use Firefox exclusively for your web browsing. If you use Firefox, you can start an search right from the search box in the top right of the browser.

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#2 posted 02-25-2008 12:24 PM

I think Dick has has built a boat and we have a few canoe/kayak builders here as well..

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 03:58 PM

I have the same wishes, of building a pond boat. My power boat is just too big to launch in any shallow ponds. I’ve been checking out some websites and books covering this subject. All seem to point to epoxy as the preferred glueing and finishing method. Check out this website for more:

There’s a “tips” tab that will interest you.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 02-25-2008 04:14 PM

I built a CLC wooden canoe. I spread epoxy all over it with a foam brush like paint. It lets the wood show through like a varnish would. I added wood flour (sawdust) to it and made a thick paste to fill any large gaps, or added silicon powder to it to fill small gaps. I painted over the epoxy on the outside, and left the inside show the wood. The floor has a sheet of fiberglass cloth for strength, and once epoxied, you can not see the fiberglass, but it just looks like wood.

My Canoe

Good luck with the shoulder,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 02-25-2008 04:16 PM

I would suggest looking at this site for some preliminary info…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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