Monday, 6 October 2014

17' Kevlar tripping canoe

Just picked up a kevlar tripping boat with the wood rotted off, for a screaming deal. Yup it needs new inner and outer rails, decks, and seats and thwarts repaired, and one side is sun faced but its in great shape, no cracks or stars and is the perfect size. Most 16' boats are too small for the load i ask them to deal with between people and gear, and at 35" wide and 13" deep this should be quick. Length = speed, and its a light portage boat too. No we havent given up on traditional wood canvas, but our 18' guide is awaiting restoration and the form is progressing, albeit slowly! 
This will fill in nicely and hey, its got some wood!

The Toyota retrieves another. Really should have kept a count...

Evergreen from Toronto, no longer in production

Ah, race tape - or 100mph tape if you prefer.

Thwart tips are rotted, will make a new one. Teal carrying yoke and a kneeling thwart, a nice touch for solo work 

Nice overall shape, without a lot of damage.

A very nice trick, rather than have the wood terminate awkwardly in the rounded bow profile, they undercut the tip so the wood can go beyond and finish cleanly. 

Resulting profile looks like a EM White from Maine.

The shiny side!

Inside cleaning up nicely

Storage grime and weathered cherry.

Will clean up nicely!

Another nice touch, scuppers on the sides of the decks. 
Carry handles will go back on. 

Next up, rails, decks, skid plates and maybe a white bottom....

21' ash stock will provide the rails.

Ripping rails. 

Making extra sets for wood canvas boats, with the back cut. 

Extra set of hands is helpful to hold down, while being fed. Dont have featherboard attachments for the fence...

Getting ready for another pass. 

3rd and 4th set of hands, courtesy of Kreg (who make some wicked attachments)

Rail stock 

Cherry and ash carry thwart and rail stock 

New Cherry parts, carry handles, thwart, kneeling thwart, decks and seat hanger spacers

Now to remove the old and install the new. First it all gets epoxy sealed before the varnish to prevent rot and turning black with exposure to water.

Old wood out, seats and hangers

Cherry looks great but like all wood doesnt do well season after season exposed to the elements

We've said it before and its always true, NEVER ENOUGH CLAMPS.

Mitred ends sitting in the bow cut out. 

New rails in place temporarily for fitting

Thwart blank in place

New carry thwart, ash and cherry.

Deck rot, new cherry board planed for deck stock.

Taking shape, all parts to be epoxy sealed once fitted to boat, then varnished and reinstalled.

Bow deck, narrower than stern deck so each will be cut separately. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Pre-fire Cruiser form progress

Material gathering took a different tack this time around. Rather than the 18', 18" wide clear old growth pine we bought for stripping the form, the stations began with repurposed plywood. Kijiji provided a seller with 25"x36" , 3/4" ply sheets for $1 each. $20 for enough and some left over is a great deal, and as its older ply the veneers are actually nice and tight, with few voids. Things really were better in the old days! Well, at least the trees were bigger.... Apparently they had been headboards at a women's shelter, hence the varnish on one side. Having served a noble cause, seems a fitting end they become our form. 
Here they are roughed out. 

Paired up since the canoe is of course symmetrical - single centre station. 

Lots and lots of scrap.

More scrap

Sanded and faired, almost done

Full set, next to reduce them since the lines are taken on the outside of the boat. Need to remove material for canvas, planking, ribs, metal on form, and sheathing (strips) on the form. Close to 1.5" all together 

All the scrap from 15 stations. Burn baby burn.

Keep that dust down. Essential equipment.....

One other essential. Dont know why the photo flipped, try to fix it later. 

Next up, backbone and mounting  and ends, before stripping and metal bands. 
Also need to build stem form.
Stay tuned....

LVL for backbone, nice and straight and rigid, no need to make a box beam.

Getting anxious!

Lots of tumblehome evident in the early designs. 

Reduction lines for form and boat material

More cutting and sanding before mounting and stripping. 
Stems and stem forms next

Back to our lines for the bow section ahead of station #3. 

Our repurposed plywood fell short of our needs by 1.5" overall and 1" in height. Off to the store tomorrow to buy a half sheet of 3/4" ply.  Once its cut out, it will be reduced for the canvas , planking along the flat surface,  and stem thickness. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

New (old) table saw - Finally!

For some time now we've been looking for a heavy, powerful cabinet style table saw, the kind that have been made for decades but are more rare today.  We were looking for a General 350, Delta Unisaw or similar. Content to buy an older unit and rebuild or refresh it, the search began. With new units now made offshore, and around $1800 and up we focused on resale units. Every condition was represented, the main hurdle being the electric motors. The majority of these saws saw commercial work, and 3 and 5 hp motors are common, however they are usually 3 phase motors. A replacement motor can run over well over $500 new, and a phase converter is similarly costly.
We were fortunate enough to find '40s or '50s Rockwell Unisaw, that had been repowered with a newer Delta 1.5 hp 220v motor, in dual voltage and single phase. Fence is on it, and may just be cleaned up and used, and it even had the riving knife and guard, though i doubt that will make it back on. It has the great looking art deco cast iron base as well. Next to tear it down, check the trunion and bearings, and blast and paint it before reassembly. Bye bye modern, light and underpowered units!

Into the trailer, its also waiting for a tongue extension and an paint job. Never enough time!

As found, a great unit. The motor dust cover is available as an injection molded impact plastic piece, already on order. 

An added  bonus was the 4" dust chute on the back of the cabinet, when the motor cover is in place the dust collector will extract the majority of the dust and chips. 

Nice art deco base, nameplates and door. Fence extensions were present as well, this will be a great unit for another 70+  years!

Stay tuned for the rebuild...