Sunday, 5 April 2015

14' Peterborough recanvassing

Weather hits 2 degrees Celsius, time to canvas a boat. A 14' Peterborough restored for a daughter goes quick, especially with many hands

Stretching the canvas, the upside down method. Much prefer this to right side up and bracing the boat down in the taught canvas

Nice and taught.

A few more strokes on the come-a-long and its ready. The Ford anchor works fine

Other end anchored to the wall. 

Clothespins in place

Ready to mark the ribs, staple guns loaded with Stainless 

Sides done, boat cut out and ready to close ends

Gotta do the spots where the boat sits on the sawhorses

Dyed seat cane 


The lesson here is to have batteries for the camera, but it did get done! Just no shots of closing in the ends...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Jointer progress

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Update to the jointer being rebuilt, picked up replacement bearings and pulleys this afternoon, now cosmetics will have to be finished for assembly . With the old motor being junk, a 110/220v Leeson motor will be used. It came with a small flat belt pulley, and the old cutterhead pulley was a dual with a piece missing, and keyed and screwed to the shaft.
Needing the cutterhead to turn at just under 4000rpms, the new compression hub pulleys are more secure, better balanced and with their increased weight will contribute to overall smoother operation. New offset bearings were sourced, 7052 and 7053s are common, but built in the 40s this unit used a slight offset. Shims could have been used, but OEM are always better.

Offset hubs

Compression pulley and old dual unit

New motor pulley, old flat belt pulley take off

Feels like close to 10lbs of pulleys

Assembly next....

Friday, 27 March 2015

Kool Tools.....

So many tools, so little money and time. Lots of tools are neat to own, even if you never use them you can appreciate their inventiveness, manufacture, and utility. These days we tend to limit purchases to those we need, and this one is utility all the way. Lee Valley have a great blend of both new, and remanufactured older tools and so many times you can find a solution for a particular problem there.  Banding the building form will require the 20ga galvanized straps to be bent to around 90degrees before they fold over the last strips, before the gunwale backers. How to achieve a nice, clean bend? Cant hammer it over the pine, and beating it over in a vice with a hammer wont be clean. Enter another Lee Valley solution..

Cheaper than a metal brake, and takes up no space. This is a one off application, and will allow for any angle bend up to 90degrees. Magnets hold the pieces to the jaws and turn the vice into a press brake. Its useful as well for general forming, crimping, and clamping just like the box says. 

Hell, its even made in Canada. That Leonard Lee is one smart guy, no wonder he left the post office to manufacture and sell tools.....

Jaws in place

20ga steel straps

Turning in

Any angle up to 90

Almost done

Perfect 90

Fitted to form, just needs to be drilled and lightly countersunk

Nice and clean. 

NOW do it 50 more times, one on each end....

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The fishing machine - or currently, about 80lbs of shit fiberglass...

Always interesting to see peoples interpretations of how work, whether making repairs or completely reworking existing boats. This is the second fiberglass that likely had aluminum gunwales but for some reason has had them remove in favour of wood. Albeit poorly done, the basic hull is just what we were looking for in a motor canoe. Double ended (somewhat) below and at the water line, it could technically be moved by paddle, but at 40" wide, but with a huge flat run and three keels and at 14" deep who would want to?
Missing the 16' Tremblay and 4hp merc combo i had years ago, its time again to get an engine and let it take us greater distances quicker, to where the fish are. With a cart, it wont be terrible to portage either, as it wont top 100 pounds. 

16' Tremblay V stern w/ 1971 red band Mercury 4hp. Pickup truck for the water.

The van snags another one. 

V stern, not a true flat stern. Technically a wineglass transom.

Enough rocker to be manouverable. 

With 2 piece gunwales and not even joined, the piece of metal was used. Cant keep the shape with these.

Temp thwarts to make it rigid enough for 70mph on the roof

2 thwarts to be replaced

Nice amount of flotation bow and stern

Stern seat 2' and a bit in front of stern, for proper trimming

3-5 hp will fit, 4 should be optimum.

More bad work, all to be stripped off. 

Next: sanding, interior paint, 2 part epoxy exterior paint, kevlar skids on bow, stern and bottom keels, ash gunwales in and out, cherry seats, thwarts, deck and transom.  Gotta be gloss black out/grey inside.

Oh, and an engine. Cant forget the engine.....

New rails temp'd in place

Nice fair curves

Glass on this brute is thicker, need to do a heavier back cut than usual for glass or kevlar

The fun pack - 2 part urethane gloss black outside, a super tough and durable coating, and oyster mono urethane for the interior. Lots of kevlar felt for skid plates, and black pigment for the epoxy to saturate them so the yellow disappears.

Work forges ahead as the ice heads towards break up...

Wineglass, motor pads off

Canoe profile at waterline

Rough fit rails

Glass cleaned up and rails fitted

Deck on, sanded ready for paint

Thwarts located and fit

Clamps, clamps, clamps

Paint is next, and skid plates

Boat is railed

She'll get carry thwarts bow and stern for moving to and from water

Next is filling in the keels so the inside is smooth, flat and easy to keep dry