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The Forum Slide Show

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:37

So, I got the slide show working. I've placed it on a couple different pages. The slideshow currently shows a randomly selected set of 10 images at a time. There are more than 10 images available, and the next time you refresh the page a different selection of 10 images will be displayed.

You can add images to the slide show by following this link: Add Slide Show Image. It will have you upload an image and ask for a description. You can only add an image if you are a registered user.

Building End Forms for Great Auk

Submitted by Michael74 on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 19:21

I could use a little help building my bow end form for a Great Auk.  In the picture, how do I attach the side form as positioned to the bow end form?  Do I cut out the middle portion of form 1 and glue the sides to the end form, or is it better to notch a section from each and slide it on?  Do I position the side form to line 2 or line 3 in the picture?  Finally, I will cut off the dotted section of the form to use as a template for my internal stem, but am I supposed to remove the dotted section along line 1 too?  Thanks a ton for your help....its my first time.  I finally finished attachi

Pawlonia As A Main Material

Submitted by JimD777 on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:33

Has anyone built a kayak using pawlonia as the main building material? I found a source here: http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/surfboard-grade-paulownia-planks/. They have  6 x 3/4 x 8' planks. It appears to be plain-sawed lumber, with various grain.  I know I'll be making a lot of scarf joints on a 15' kayak. How is pawlonia to work with?

Guillemot end forms

Submitted by Peter Harvey on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 04:34

I’ve just started building a guillemot, using the info in Nick Schade’s book. I have a query on the end form lines as the keel depth on the end forms is deeper than it is on either of the forms against which it comes up against. What is the purpose of this edge or should I be planning it off so that it match the adjacent forms?


Any help/suggestions gratefully received

Anyone use a laser level?

Submitted by Ralph Merriman on Mon, 05/06/2019 - 19:09

I was wondering if many are using a laser level in forms setup or at any other time  in strip building.  I have always used the traditional methods, eyeballing and string, but perhaps it is time to upgrade as my eyes get older.  

I see many inexpensive levels for sale on line.  Is there anything I should look for, or a particular one you are happy with? I would appreciate any advice.  



Kayak painting

Submitted by Randy on Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:00

Because of my glass/epoxy problem in a different thread I decided to paint the lower part of the hull of the Pygmy Tern 14 I just completed. My first paint job, no idea how it will hold up or even if I use an acceptable paint. So, I said to myself, maybe we could have a thread where we discuss the pro's and con's and do's and don'ts of painting. I personally like the looks of hull painted kayaks with varnished decks.