Thanks everyone for really helping with answering my questions (my many questions!). I promise I post a full write-up summarizing everything I learned as this was my first real woodworking project and post pictures. I just had a few (hopefully final) questions on the stonefly canoe:
I bought WRC - I would like to get the baltic birch ply to match the WRC with a stain - any stains that would make em match? I would prefer to leave the WRC unstained. Or am I just being crazy and I can leave it?
I'm thinking, WRC for gunnels/stringers, baltic birch for frames, ash for seat and thwarts, maybe walnut or cherry for breasthooks - that is a lot of different colours. Is that going to look fine oiled or should I be trying to stain some of it to match?
How thick of a wood is needed for breasthooks?
So I'm just (maybe) staining the wood and then oiling it with a rag? Thats it? Anything else I should be doing? plywood maybe twice?
I'm doing a dry fit first with the frames and the stringers, then removing the stringers and oiling everything first and then assembling it - read a few other people that did that - seem ok?
What exactly am I using on the fabric? Can I get a link just so that I buy the exact right thing? I went to home depot yesterday and there was a million choices and I left a bit overwhelmed.
Paddle - what kind of paddle would be ideal? I know a lot of people like the greenland style but I'm an avid canoeist and I've always used a single blade paddle. I' m happy to try the double blade but what exactly would be the ideal shape/type of paddle for this canoe?
Thwarts - a lot of people seem to be placing them below the gunnels - I was going to place them between the inwales. Is that ok?
Has anyone tried bending a wooden rubstrip instead of brass? Sound like a bad idea given the sharp angle?
I have the assembly manual but some of the stuff seems to assume some knowledge which I don't have and the internet makes a million suggestions which makes it a bit confusing at times. If this turns out well, maybe next year I can try the expedition 2 person canoe Jeff just released. And maybe a kayak for myself...i might be developing a problem.
I'm trying to build the stonefly and things are coming along nicely. I think I've even found a real Baltic birch locally! Well they may need to order it but it's definitely the real deal. My only problem is that it's 5x5 and will not fit in any vehicle I have. What size pre-cuts can I ask them to make so that it fits in my car? They are willing to do rough cuts for free but I don't know what size I can get cuts for. I might be willing to buy a second board simply because renting a larger car would be half the cost of another board and be terribly inconvenient.
I was also going to buy the fabric for the stonefly - how much do I need from the store?
Much appreciate your help! Very very excited to start seeing the boat take shape
Hello, I am new to the forum as well as boat building I am planning on Building a stonefly or two this summer. I have a few questions that I hope you all can answer.
1. I was looking around to see about natural simulated sinew and noticed that Amazon has 300 yeards at 70lbs on 8 oz spool (https://www.amazon.com/1-X-Natural-Simulated-Sinew/dp/B00DGBZG2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520221354&sr=8-1&keywords=sinue) wondering if it is bad too so up to the 70 lbs opposed to the 50lbs sold on Kudzus website? will it not sow well? has anyone else used this?
2. when ordering fabric from Kudzu it says by the foot is that just the length with a standard width or do I need to put both dimensions in? also How much did you order for your stone fly project?
3. what fabric do you like best and why?
4. if you could only get ahold of pine how would you seal it best to get the longest life out of it?
5.whats your favorite way to seal the fabric?
6. If you thought you would be making more then one ( paying the usage fee of course) what would you use to make a long-lasting template out of?
thank you all for any and all help I look forward to your responses and I thank you ahead of time