Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques

Titan Tug to take to the waters of Georgia Strait

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Latest additions to the Blog   A note on the blog notes; I’m building the blog notes – latest at the top, oldest at the bottom.  So if something doesn’t make sense, scroll down and pick the story up where it starts, then work your way back to see where it finishes.  I am also […]

Converting a Briggs and Stratton for Use In A Boat

On May 4, 2016, in Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Gayle Brantuk
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by Douglas Keith (Doug mentioned that he had used a Briggs in his boat, so I asked him to share how he did it since others have asked about converting smaller motors.) Here we go…The tough question you asked is “how would I tell someone how to do this”. Boy, when I thought about it […]

Sanding Board for Concave Curves

On June 18, 2015, in Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Gayle Brantuk
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Brian Barbata in Hawaii is building a Glen-L Monte Carlo and shares with us today some modifications he made to his sanding board that he thinks make it more useful for getting into those pesky concave curves on classic runabouts. Adhesive paper of the size needed for these boards only comes in rolls, and not a […]

Router Scarfing Jig

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There are probably thousands of ways to scarf two boards together, this is what I put together to use the materials and equipment I had at hand.  Everything, except the Plexiglas was from the scrap pile.  I started with the router that had a maximum extension of about 1¼”, so the baseplate needed to be […]

Bubbles in Epoxy

On January 9, 2015, in Fiberglassing, Shop Talk: Tips and Techniques, by Gayle Brantuk
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So, you decided to build a boat and do the right thing and coat it with epoxy. But, for some reason, when the epoxy dries there are tiny bubbles all over the surface. There are two common causes of bubbles in epoxy. One, air escaping from newly coated wood. This usually only happens on the […]

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