Jump to content



Recommended Posts

I used a search and found many old threads on the subject and some good info. I do however have a specific question.

While cleaning out the lumber loft at work I found a coil of solid bronze wire, propably 14 AWG or there abouts. My question should I choose to use it is; can I snip the knot off flush on the outside with the surface and just leave the rest of it in the ply and fillet? Bronze sands quite easily and is a very stable material but I was wondering if anyone knew of any reason why I should not leave some of it behind.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is assumed you filet between the wires then cut and pull out the wires and fill in the rest of the filet. It adds a day to the process waiting for the epoxy to dry before the second filet application.

If you were thinking of running the filet right over the wire, then press the wire down into the 'V' created between the pieces and filet over. Keeping the holes uniform and close to the edge as prudent. You can then cut them off almost flush with the surface on the outside and grind/sand them flush or just a little below the wood surface. Remember you only do one side let it dry then do the other side. The wires will be visable if you intended to keep the inside hull bright.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I may be a bit confused (I often am), but I thought that you did the whole fillet and then pulled the wires ( as opposed to filleting between the wires). You can make a mixture of epoxy and cabosil and use your putty knife to work it into the holes when you flip the boat.

Do many of you do the two step fillet operation

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, I tabbed between the wires, let it set pretty hard, pulled the wires, then completed the fillets. It doesn't involve any thumb-twiddling wasted days, since I would be tabbing today's stretch of seam, and then pulling wires and filleting yesterday's stretch. I was advised that I could fillet over the wires, then use heat to melt the wires loose, but I found it easier to tab instead. Any wires that got a bit of epoxy on them could be pulled with a little extra leverage.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I use heat. I fillet right over the wires, then clip one side of the outside as flush as I can. Then I heat the other end with either a soldering gun, or if I'm in a hurry I use my oxycetlene torch with the smallest blow pipe on. Heat the end red hot, let it sit for a few seconds for the epoxy to soften and pull it out.

Takes a very short time to do that. Tabbing also works, but I hate to lose the day. I usually fillet and lay the glass into the wet fillet and keep on rolling.

But your bronze wires should be fine They will after all be under at least one layer and probably two layers of glass .

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Supporting Members

Supporting Members can create Clubs, photo Galleries, don't see ads and make messing-about.com possible! Become a Supporting Member - only $12 for the next year. Pay by PayPal or credit card.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.