Saturday, 24 January 2015

More Form Progress

Continued from earlier post....




Closing in on the top, as it flattens out a single wide piece will be put down


Top shot, cant say enough good about Bosch tools


Working towards the flat run on the bottom


Tumblehome preserved


Bolts for strongback will need to be put in place before closing in the top


Narrow entry shows well


More to come, should be building on it by spring.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Faithful Minivan

People pretty much hate minivans - or at least say that they do. I love mine. My first Japanese vehicle since telling GM to shove their overpriced, unreliable and poorly assembled products after driving nothing but for 20 years. New off the lot in 2006 and still going strong, its only been back to the dealership for maintenance and to fix problems i could have avoided.
It pulls a trailer, i've slept in it, carries kids and gear and is relatively safe on the  highway. Fuel mileage is great, and i've had it off pavement on more gravel roads and trails that i bet most SUVs see. As i comb through old photo cards, these are some of the dozens of canoes its hauled home. If only i'd taken pics of EVERY one, but there are still more to come.










Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Friday, 26 December 2014

Another rotted fiberglass canoe

Per usual, relatively maintenance free fiberglass and kevlar boats get left outside and on the ground, and with aluminum or vinyl gunwales dont suffer much at all. But after paying extra for wood trim, if treated the same they deteriorate at a rapid rate. This one has a nice shape, some tumblehome and upswept ends, likely copied off of a more traditional boat like a Pal or Deer. Was fine until the recent windstorm picked it up and threw it, now it needs a glass repair along one side. Milled the gunwale stock today, next to strip it in preparation for the new wood.


Rotted ends gone


Rotten rails with some weird seats, lots of effort went into them but they're going in the fire.                                                     


Rotten ash



Doubt its factory, but maybe. Inners stop before the deck, not strong or correct. Even if not full length, inletting to deck would be better than this. 




Fairly traditional shape.



New rails, and 3 cordless tools means never having to change bits! Countersink, drill bit and robertson tip.


Maybe should have washed it first. No matter, its getting sanded anyways


Flat run all done. 


Shape restored, ends will need steaming.


Thwart back in to hold shape


Bring out the steamer......

Reusing seats from another boat that was refurbished with new seats, ash frames.


Easy weave, more so than cane!


Cypress decks from a board we had laying around, not a glue up, change in colour through the board


Ash rails, seats, thwart


2 coats of Tung oil before varnish.


Thwart to be positioned at centre for portaging


Crack repair along side from windstorm picking up boat and throwing it across 2 yards....

Next up is colour...

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Yet another 'glass canoe renovation

Some glass canoes were taken from more traditional shapes, and can display nice sheerlines, and even tumblehome. Trimmed in wood, they dont look bad but cant be left outside uncovered without rot setting in. Another nice 16 footer came in, with a beam of 32" and a depth of 11.5", very close to a Chestnut Pal or similar.   As always, retrieval is the most fun part, and Muskoka actually felt like winter with a layer of snow. 


Nice classic shape


Some nice 5/4 air dried white oak, some of which will become new ribs for the sailing canoe restoration that will be up next. 


Wood is rotted off


16 footer


Rob tying it down for the trip home down the highway. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Delta Jointer restoration project.

Everyone who works wood needs a jointer, for squaring wood and prepping it before it hits the thickness planer. As per usual these days, most of the best quality things were manufactured almost a generation ago. This is especially true with power tools, and jointers are no exception. A lot of the ones today arent so bad, and this long bed 6" is a decent machine, but with the sheet steel cabinet, noisy bearings and castings with lots of slag still left in its not very inspiring, so down the road it went.

Nice long beds, and enough power but without that kool vintage look to go with the rest of the shop. 


One of these 1940s-50s Delta models with the kool art deco base would be great one day, but with unrestored examples going for $500+, we landed a similar era machine with the open stand for a fraction of the price, and after restoration the performance will be the same. 


A nice Delta Milwaukee short bed unit showed up, with the original welded open base stand. The lengths of wood needing to be trued doesnt require long beds, and being more compact it wont take up a lot of room in the shop. Serial number starts with 64-, so machine was built in 1948. Not many tools made today will still be around 66 years later, nor able to be restored. 


Nice heavy, webbed fence, balanced pulley and heavy cast base. 


Some nice touches include the deco wing nuts to hold the beds after adjusting, and adjustment knobs. This machine came out of a steel company and still wears its brass inventory number tag, no doubt sold off in an asset auction or just taken out of the production area. Some research into the company will likely tell the tale. 


Tables still move nicely and are tight, and once stripped, cleaned and lubed will perform nicely. 


Open steel stand with double bent feet, with mitred welded corners on the top frame. 


An add on , this switch gives a clue as to the original industrial use this machine saw, as its a heavy duty with lockout capabilities. 


The motor likely gave up years ago, as this is a Simpsons Sears pump motor that has been repurposed to drive this unit. In the scrap heap now, it will get a new motor and pulleys geared to the correct speed. 



Now to dismantle, clean and strip, rebearing , paint and reassemle the entire unit. A nice warm up for the General bandsaw to follow....


Knocked down in less that half an hour, main body above.


Outfeed table and adjuster


Cutterhead, pulley and bearing retainers


Locknuts that hold tables in place after adjusting


Infeed table


Fence mount with lock and adjustment scale


Nice heavy cast iron fence. 


Some of the original grey colour. 


Front side bearing


Cap off, puller in place



Cutterhead, to be cleaned and polished 



Pulley side coming off. 


Bearing cup coming off


Remnants of mouse nest and bronze adjuster


Most useful tool of the day


An impact driver is indispensable for dismantling or assembling screws in metal equipment, whether steel or aluminum, especially if they are a regular slot head. Set for tightening or loosening, when struck with a hammer they turn during impact, keeping the driver from turning out of the head. The forerunner of todays impact driver screw guns.

Next is blast, prime and paint.  Need to source bearings, blades and a belt....