Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Another solo canoe!

Like deja vu all over again. Same boat pops up, we jump on it! 

11' long, perfect for a pack boat with a single seat and a double bladed 

Even yellow like the first one

Same seats, thwart and decks

Even has the same kinked aluminum gunwales from too wide a thwart!

This one traveled with movers at one time it seems

Way too wide for just 11', after the rails come off the hull relaxes, then when it gets new wood rails it will narrow to 28 or 29"

Coming apart

Lots of rivets to drill out

Deck off, lots of dirt ! But no rot like wood boats

Gunwale kink from extra width introduced with thwart

First rail coming off. As with all glass and composite hulls, the sides are floppy until the rails stiffen up the structure. 

Bare hull. Ugly flat sheer, to be cut down to lower the middle and just overall look better

Another solo seat is on order

Hull is bare, next is cut down the sheer to give it some shape like the red one. The first one is up top, after it colour change to white.

Just a great compact single.

Hull will be pulled in considerably

Next up: white ash rails, purpleheart decks and thwarts, paint and go padding

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Home stretch - seat, footbraces and paint

Close to paddling, boat is almost ready for the water and 2018 trips. Seat has arrived, wood is shaped and footbraces purchased

Everything is in place and ready to be assembled

Decks dry fit, to be taken apart, epoxy sealed and reassembled. Holes left in either end to allow water to drain after use when boat is turned over

Fit and ready to be completed

Lift handles to keep from lifting boat by decks and to provide a better grip
 Center thwarts serve only to hold boat to shape. Slight gaps in rails due to uneven thickness of fiberglass - this is no showpiece so we wont stress over them

Lots of room for tripping gear

More room in the bows even after paddler is in place

 Tons of room

Grey Owl Scirocco paddle, just needs light refinishing. 240cm to get over the rails for comfortable paddling

Nicely made paddles, with blades laminated from basswood and butternut
 Shaft is ash, with a carbon fibre ferrule

Seat arrived 3 days ahead of schedule,  and was dropped on the porch. Luckily no 'porch pirates' took it, no signature required it was just left

Super comfortable, just needs to be fit and attachments bonded it

Foot braces to be fastened, more than comfortable they assist when pulling hard on the paddle to keep the paddler in the seat and the boat moving forward

Final paint next and we get it wet.  Once the ice storm is over, that is!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

General 190 Bandsaw tune up

Our General 190 will be fully restored one day, but for now we just need it to cut well and be reliable for everything from regular cuts to resawing for planking, ribs etc. Built in 1966 when cast iron was the norm, these machines will last for generations compared to todays plastic and aluminum offerings.  A quick visit to R&D Bandsaws in  Brampton, Ontario provided all the necessary parts. A great company, their blades are excellent quality. 

A brief history of General below, from http://www.vintagemachinery.org

For many years General was the dominant maker of light industrial woodworking machinery in Canada. In 1982, their production of woodworking machinery was 5,000 machines per year. Besides woodworking machinery, at one time they produced hydro towers and highway guard rails.
General began in 1945 as a family business reportedly producing machines under contract from Porter-Cable; the General Manufacturing Co., Ltd. name was first used in 1947.
In 1987, General bought Jos. Poitras & Sons, Ltd., another respected Quebec maker of woodworking machinery. Some machines still survive from the Poitras line: the V-154 14" radial arm saw,the 2800-B 3/4" spindle shaper (recently discontinued), the SS-032 1 1/4" shaper and the No 1 and No 4 exhausters. All of these machines are labeled with both the General and Poitras names.
Poitras had, in turn, purchased Joseph Côté, Inc.. So far as we know, none of the Côté designs survive in General's product catalog.
General's Model 220 hollow-chisel mortiser design was purchased from Yates American.
General briefly sold a 4" jointer that is identical to the Craftmaster 4" jointer made by Henry Power Tools, Ltd. We do not know if this was a temporary arrangement or if General bought the line from Henry Power Tools.
The rarely-seen 3501 sliding-table accessory (which fit most 10" tablesaws, including the Model 350-1 General tablesaw) was made by Robland. In 2003 General bought Sommerville Design, the makers of the Excalibur line of scroll saws and accessories, including a sliding table that was better suited than the Robland to handling sheet goods.
In June 2012 General announced that they were ceasing the manufacture of machinery in Canada and would henceforth only carry their General International line of Taiwanese-made machinery.

Dating General Machines

The following list summarizes some clues in dating General machines
  • So far as we know, the first General-branded machines were produced in about 1947.
  • In 1962, at least some General machines were painted green, somewhat darker and bluer than the later General green. This color may have been used before 1962 as well.
  • Other early machines (up to the mid-1960s) were painted a speckled gray and white.
  • The red oval "General" tag means that a machine is from before the mid-1960s.
  • If your machine's tag is a silver oval with black "General" then it dates from about 1965.
  • A new serial numbering system was introduced in 1962. Machines produced that year have serial numbers prefixed with "A". The letter was incremented each year until 1987 when they reached "Z". The 1988 machines have prefix "AA", changing to "AB" in 1989, etc. This seems to hold up to at least 1995, but a couple of machines of mine, purchased new in 1998 and 2003, both have serial numbers prefixed with "G".

Mid 60s emblem

190 model, 1HP  15" bandsaw

At 350 lbs, solidly built and smooth running

Cast iron construction,no plastic on these

As found, needing a basic tune up

New rubber tires, phenolic cool blocks and thrust bearings along with general purpose blades, and a resaw blade in Swedish steel

R&D Blades

Old dry and cracked tires

New rubber tires

New thrust bearings and guide blocks. Table insert needs replacing too

Lower thrust bearing and blocks

Running in tires and setting clearances

Cutting straight and true. Off to work for another couple of decades, until it can take a break for a new paint job

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Rails for a Sunday afternoon

Sheer cut down, and rails installed. New width set, thwarts and carry handles to be cut and shaped while we wait for the seat. Parts to be epoxy sealed and varnishes prior to final paint

Shape set with straps, inner rail set against outer and fastened after sheer cut

Lots and lots of clamps. Never too many

New profile with lowered ends

One side done

End tapers cut before second rail installed permanently

Second rail set to mark sheer profile before cutting

Outer rail in place against inner on final side

Assembled with Stainless Screws

Done, sanding next

New hull profile

Cut offs

Mocked up with seat

Carry handles to be shaped and installed along with decks

Thwarts to be shaped and installed

Lowered bow profile

Waiting on that new seat!

Seat base will put paddler higher up in hull

Roasted ash will be worth the effort when varnished

Past the halfway point - install decks, thwarts, carry handles and seat. Epoxy seal, varnish and final paint and ready for spring tripping.