Sunday 27 December 2015

Holiday work

Time off and getting a lot done. Whole week to bring projects up to speed.

New hardware for trailer assembly, local supplier provided Grade 9 hardware to replace the old stuff . Not going to be stranded down old washboard and dirt roads with a broken bolt. $20 got it all.

Assembling everything before final paint

Repaint necessary after everything is fit together

Done and all straight

New fenders mounted

Rack mounts bolted in place and will allow removal of racks.

Got some work done on the jointer. Bearings pressed on cutterhead, table blasted clean ready for final assembly and paint

New tapered sheaves, no more keys. Will be perfectly smooth turning around 4000 rpm.

Motor sheave new and matched to cutterhead to provide correct rpm

1hp Leeson motor will provide lots of power

Thursday 24 December 2015

Whole bunch of December stuff

Busy month but still managed to make forward progress on some stuff...

14' mid 50s Peterborough , Model 1814 Mermaid

Trailer hubs rebuilt

Spring and axle assembly on its way to finishing

Wanigan for the homeroom teacher

And one for the shop and resource teacher

Boys in da shop

Solid tips

Fantastic solo boat but a little small for adults..

Doesnt everyone carry around a canoe in December? 

Wow thats small!

Saturday 5 December 2015

More boxes

Dont have any use for burned out old teachers, the kind unions protect while they act like entitled children and dont deliver the education children deserve. Again we've been fortunate to have 2 that are making a tremendous difference in helping our kids reach their full potential. Still time before xmas to make a few boxes, like my oldest asked to do. They even stepped up their contribution in the shop. First a super light all cedar, then a birdseye and black walnut one nearing completion. 

All cedar just after a coat of Tung oil, with ash rails

Plaking is alternating red and white cedar

Gluing up lid of figured maple and black walnut

Sides planed

Sides, ribs and planks stacked on the cruiser

Lots of dust, and comfortable shoes for a concrete floor. Asics gels in support of breast cancer research

Dust collector barrell full

Shaped, ready to mount after oil

Tung oil will prevent water stains during building

Nice colour contrast

Ready to build

Sunday 15 November 2015

Another 'glass repair

16' kevlar built by West Toronto Canoe about 30 years ago

Both ends were damaged, with hastily done resin repairs

Holed through to the foam in the end flotation compartments

Glass needs to come off

Serious crack along bilge on one side

Hits and repairs on bottom

Patch on the other end 

Polyester resin and patch lifting off, applied straight to gelcoat with no sanding to promote adhesion

Cleaned off ready for repairs, patching and keel felt

Secret weapon

Foam filled in

Hardening up, ready to be shaped

old patches near flotation chambers on keel

Cracks in keel and ribs

more glass removed waiting repairs

foam repairs shaped and 'glassed over, and felt skidplates on

Horizontal patch in place, second coat after faired in

Glass over foam is of course transparent, and visible through saturated felt. Plastic wrap in place, felt will be trimmed and excess removed when epoxy cured to green, before full cure

Next up is tube to be glassed into keel on the inside to stiffen hull and prepare ribs for minor glass repairs

3/4" diameter metal tube laid into keel depression to give longitudinal stiffness

Popular in some Scott canoes, it will help stop oilcanning and give extra strength to rib repairs

small side cracks done as well

Inside cracks from outward cracking running along outside at bilge

West Toronto Canoe, long out of business apparently but a nice touch with a built in carry handle and raised letter castings

A clean workbench is the sign of a sick mind... 2 part Epifances polyurethane in Black Green. Nice gloss and super hard when cured. 

First coat laid on

repairs hidden

Nice easy gloss

Skid plates covered

Almost done, inside paint and new seats and ready for the water in spring.