Well you are certainly cracking on with it now - roll on the spring eh!! Yes we have seen a fair bit of Buffalo on our news with people digging for gold - or was it cars!! Now we are seeing all the riots. Oh well that's living in the moment for you something that wasn't around in my youth we were at least a week behind with anything worth reporting from over the pond. I think it's called progress but sometimes I'm not so sure.
Anyway keep shaping my friend and just dream of those warmer spring days to come. If we don't type again for a while I hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving on Thursday and a great Christmas too.
Post by juliangibraltar on Nov 26, 2014 8:23:34 GMT -5
She's starting to look really fine now and love the work on the oar! Would be great to have someone close by to carve some design on my board....I was going to do some wood burning(?) effort of a turtle but then decided with my luck it would ruin a lot of hard work!!! Fortunately out here (Gibraltar) we're still enjoying some good weather so still using at weekends...but the rain will come!
Post by jensen1031 on Dec 26, 2014 14:35:08 GMT -5
Hey guys, long time no talk. Santa has been busy in his workshop making some Christmas gifts for family - will post those soon. You guys would get a kick out of it. Anyways, now that this is all done Im looking forward to geting a couple of weeks of work done in the garage before the REAL cold sets in.
I wanted to take a second to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Ill touchbase soon......when the thaw comes
Post by jensen1031 on Dec 30, 2014 16:12:43 GMT -5
As promised, here are a couple of the Christmas projects. Figured you would like it as fellow woodworkers. I made a sign for "the one who must be obeyed" from her favorite movie - White Christmas. Made my sister a knitting box where she can keep her thread and bring it to work. Made her boyfriend a beer tote from charred oak. Happy new years, guys
Thanks Julian, I agree as I read your whole experience and I would like to trim the weight. Unfortunately this was the closest plywood and luan in the area without getting special cuts. Im going to try and slim it as much as possible with the skin, knowing that the glass will support structure.
Has anyone shrunk the dimentions to a 10'6" and if so, could I accomplish this by reducing the spece between each rib to get an overall 6" reduction?
Since this is my first and ideally I will be building one for my wife as well, i could experiment on the next one.
Hey Buddy did you ever play around with taking a little bit out of the spine length in between each rib to shorten the board ? (so that you keep the same width and thickness)
I have just downloaded the plans and it looks it might work? I am thinking of printing at 97% which will give me a 10'8 and then take a little out of the spine in small amounts along the full length to give me a 10'0 ? thoughts
Post by jensen1031 on Mar 23, 2015 10:28:37 GMT -5
I have been thinking about it a lot actually as Im going to be building one for my wife. What I did was print out the plans at a lower percentage. I just did this via the WORD document that I purchased from the sight, no other tehnological magic. I forget exactly what, but I was trying to get around 9' total. She is 7 inches shorter than me......and a hell of a lot lighter .
This will shrink the ENTIRE setup, but it will keep it in proportion. You could probably just shorter the distance beteween ribs, but that would still give you a wide and thick board.....just dont know if it would throw off the overall look.
Post by jensen1031 on Apr 22, 2015 11:11:08 GMT -5
Spring is here and I am finally working on the board again! Got about an hour in last night and made some great progress in rounding out the rails. However I am noticing one major issue at the tip of the board. Thereis one area where I must have gotten sloppy in gluing the deck to the rails. See picture and you can see a gap that is opening up. Fortuately the wood is right below it so I dont think this is a structural issue, especially since I wont be riding that far up on the baord (5" for the tip). My question is on filling LARGE Gaps. I have done the glue and sawdust in a couple of areas and it works great, but this is a little too large. Any recommendations on good wood filler? There are some epoxy based fillers out there, but didnt know if you had any experience with one vs. the next. Once I get it filled, I will do a "skim coat" over the top with the dust and glue to fade the color.
Long time no type! Large cracks are quite easy to deal with actually. Put a new blade in your Stanley knife (well that's what they are usually called this side of the pond) and then tidy the edges cutting them slightly wider at the top 'V' shape and tapering at both ends, if you can, into something that looks like the plan view of a boat. Then find some matching wood and carve a piece to fit that is lightly thicker. Glue in place with some ordinary yellow wood glue and tape or place a weight on it until dry. Once dry, plane and sand level. Easy peasy!
The 'V' cut will stop it disappearing when you put it in place and the yellow glue is easier to work with, soaks into the wood a little and will be covered in cloth and resin so will end up waterproof and strong.
Take care and take your time. Oh, have started to build a 14’ stitch and glue Kaholo with a hybrid deck from plans – much easier I have to say. Looks pretty good too.
Thanks Timbo, ill give that a shot tonight. I picked up some of that wood filler and did it in some smaller areas and let it dry overnight. Seemed to match pretty well with colors. My cedar is so light colored on that board.
Funny that you sent that link. Im going to be building one for my wife and I was kicking that around. I almost bought those plans before I decided to use this design. Wanted a more tradtional board to start. let me know how it goes. You are going to knock it out of the park.
Still making progress. Pics coming soon. Question for the group on STAIN. My cedar is very light (almost WHITE) and Im thinking of putting a stain to darker it up a little bit. Any advice on special types? Anything that i need to consider with the Fiberglass? How much will the wood darken with the fiberglass laid on? Ideally I still want the grain to show through.
As promised - some pics finally. Still sanding away and the rails are coming along nice. Time has just been the problem recently. My goal is to have her launch by July 4th weekend. We will be "down the shore" at that point.
Nose is now attached and will work on sanding that down. Debating whether I want a rounded out nose or more of a point. Leaning towards a point.
OK, so the moment has finally arrived. Sanding is all done and I decided to stain the piece. Glassing will start tonight!
I am going to be signing my name and doing a woodburning piece on the top deck, but I plan on getting the cheater coat on before I go to bed. Father in law is coming over tomorrow to help with the glass. Just as an extra set of hands.
A lot of learning in the process of sanding and shaping. Took me a lot longer than I thought and also showed a couple of flaws that I had in making the rails. 1) I think that I sanded/planed too much and I had a couple of holes to fill. Some were pretty major (tip). Also showed that in laying up some of the rails, I may have had some slips with clamping. Structurally there are no issues, but there was some glue that showed through and I had a hell of a time sanding over it 2) Ultimately I chose to use a wood filler "PLASTIC WOOD" on some of the bigger gaps. It has the same integrity of wood when it dries and I read online that it will not affect laying down the fiberglass. I sacrificed good looks for a smooth finish (which I got!) 3) I decided to stain the board as a way to cover up some of the fill. Did some research and used Behlen Solar Lux which is an alcohol based DYE.....not stain so it wont affect glassing. I tried different variations on scrap wood, and went with a 5:1 ratio (using denatured alcohol to cut the dye). Application was very easy, and it dried within seconds. I like how this darkened up the piece and made the grain pop out......however, the dye did not cover the filler at all. So now, what I thought I was covering up....is actually highlighted. It turns out that oil based stains work perfect on this filler, but not the alcohol based dye. Chalking this one up as a legit rookie mistake that will not happen again. 4) In the end, my baby has some scars, so im just going to have to make up a story how they got there. Shark attack or something.
Keep you posted and im hoping that im not hearing any responses because you are all out on your boards
Post by jensen1031 on Jun 19, 2015 13:50:37 GMT -5
Wood burning artwork is done and I did the first cheater coat last night. I always burn that little bird into my wood projects and I found the Maori symbol for "safe passage over water" as a cool addition towards the tip of the board. Lastly I signed my name ---and the board finally has a name --- SERAPHINE. The name represents "passion and achievement".
I will be keeping a running log of the ounces of epoxy that I used as there has been some questions that a lot of people had (myself included). Woke up early this AM and flipped the board to do the deck. As long as we are dry tonight I will be doing the laminate coat tonight. Nervous as hell.
I am using "SS4000 Aluzine Clear" Epoxy and hardener system from Surfsource.net. Not cheap but good reviews overall. I bought a 1.5 gallon kit and I pray that is enough. 2:1 mixing ratio. I used 6 ounces of resin and 3 ounces of hardener per side for the cheater coat. 12oz epoxy/6oz hardener total so far
Shocking to me and very happy to see it is that stain and epoxy have interacted really well and the board looks BEAUTIFUL. All of those flaws that were stressing me out are virtually invisible. I guess even the blind squirrell gets a nut every now and then. More to come over the weekend.