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by Steve_MA
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: fl12 ply thickness goof
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: fl12 ply thickness goof

Its not much ..you can look at the weights on the BB ply site...a sheet of 3/8 is 12 lbs more than 1/4. Build on !
by Steve_MA
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Shine ALEXSEAL?
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Shine ALEXSEAL?

I just ran into the Alexseal rep at the Newport Boat show. He said it was developed by the same guy who created AwlGrip. There is an article here http://www.lackeysailing.com/daysailor/sidebars/alexseal.htm For application over epoxy, he said it was 2 steps. They also have a reducer for roll and tip.
by Steve_MA
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Epoxy or wood glue???
Replies: 43
Views: 3045

Re: Epoxy or wood glue???

"The major advantage of epoxies is that they do not lose bonding power when they are used for gap-filling. Other glues fail in this regard. Consequently epoxy is a good choice when you have to glue parts that cannot be made to fit precisely" http://www.diyinfo.org/wiki/Types_Of_Glue For wh...
by Steve_MA
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Epoxy or wood glue???
Replies: 43
Views: 3045

Re: Epoxy or wood glue???

I just built a couple Adirondack chairs and one of my epoxy joints "popped". Bad prep...you have to wet it out and make sure you don't squeeze out all the epoxy. I looked that joint and there was only a little epoxy. If its not an area required to hold the boat together, it might not matte...
by Steve_MA
Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Frames in the boats- FL14
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Frames in the boats- FL14

Huh? I built an FL14. My seat benches have drain holes to let the water sit at the lowest point. The seats also have openings for storage. In smaller boats, some might totally seal the seat area to create and air pocket for flotation. In that case, they usually add an inspection port. I haven't seen...
by Steve_MA
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Clear fillers
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Clear fillers

And in answer to the question: thick clearish epoxy can be obtained with transparent (white when dry) micro-balloons and a little silica. Thank Tony, thats very helpful. I just used to call everything "filler" although I know some have different properties than other, I wasn't sure why. I...
by Steve_MA
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Resins, Fiberglass and Paint
Topic: Clear fillers
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Clear fillers

I mixed a little cabosil in with my epoxy when I was covering my rubrail - I wanted it to have a little gap filling properties. I wasn't sure if it would be clear, but it is. I added a couple heaping teaspoons to 3 oz epoxy - it was reasonably thick...thinner than ketchup, but close. I dont need to ...
by Steve_MA
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Cracker Larry's Corner: Boat Repair and Rebuild Support
Topic: Houghs Neck Skiff
Replies: 5
Views: 1937

Re: Houghs Neck Skiff

Well, its been 3 seasons I have had this boat in the water and I thought I would update folks with my experiences. http://houghsneckskiff.shutterfly.com The old pics from 2006 and the new ones are there. I sanded the bottom down to wood and applied glass cloth 12oz and tape. Its filled with graphite...
by Steve_MA
Thu May 28, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: FL-12 Bottom Butt Block
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: FL-12 Bottom Butt Block

I understand I need to assemble the pieces.... that wasn't my question. My question is; how do I ensure the bottom butt block will be covered by the seat? How do I know exactly where to place it? I get it....the butt block isn't between the seats in the FL14 and I had to deal with those exposed edg...
by Steve_MA
Thu May 28, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: FL12 frame "battens"
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: FL12 frame "battens"

I built the FL14...not 100% sure what you mean by the battens, but if you mean the wood strips that help support the seat - I used something like a 1" x 3/4" piece. Rip a strip of 3/8 ply to 1" and glue 2 together. Thats more than enough. You could probably get away with 1 strip becau...