Renowned boat designer, builder and lifetime WEST SYSTEM Epoxy user Russell Brown has published the ultimate epoxy primer—Epoxy Basics: Working with Epoxy Cleanly & Efficiently. Brown is well known in the industry for his meticulous craftsmanship. Continue reading
By Bill Bauer
Twenty years ago, some local sailors established the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association to provide affordable sailing lessons in the Saginaw Bay Michigan area. Starting out with a few donated Optimist prams, the program quickly grew and additional boats were needed. Continue reading
Are you the kind of person who just can’t get enough of a good thing? Looking for a better way to squeeze out that last little bit of G/flex adhesive from your tube rather than resorting to pliers, a vise or maybe even Grandma’s rolling pin? Maybe you’d like to get a fatter bead of adhesive or your tube is a bit clogged. Boy do we have the some easy and inexpensive tricks for you!
“I love your G/flex adhesive! Do you have any nifty tips on getting the last little bit of adhesive out of the tube with ease?”
Useful and Inexpensive Trick:
Not long ago this very subject was the topic of discussion that came up between J.R. Watson and me. Squeezing in a bit of shopping on my lunch, it just so happened that I found myself face-to-face with a display of tooth paste squeezers. On my way back to work I felt as though I had just solved all the world’s problems. Perfect! Or so I thought. Although the concept was good, the little tooth paste squeezer just didn’t stand a chance next to the rigid metal G/flex tube. However, it did give the innovative J.R. Watson an idea. Using very little time and effort, we whipped up this very cool gadget making it a snap to squeeze out the last drop of adhesive.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2″ diameter PVC pipe
1 PVC cap to fit the 1/2″ pipe
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
You will obviously need to make two, one for the resin tube and one for the harder. But for simplicity’s sake we’ll just show one tube being created.
Cut the 1/2″ diameter pipe to approximately 7″ long. The additional length creates an easy to grip handle. So, for you extra- large handed men, petite handed women or vise/versa, cut to length accordingly.
Cut a 4″ long slot through the center of the tube.
Insert the crimped end of the tube through both horizontal cuts.
For added ‘G/flex’ appeal add a PVC cap.
Take hold of the handle and you are now ready to roll.
“I’d like a bit more of the adhesive to squeeze out of my G/flex
tube, got any tips? By the way, your stuff ROCKS!”
Useful and Inexpensive Tip:
Simply poke the sharpened end of a pencil into the open tip, applying enough pressure to increase the diameter of the hole. It’s cheap, easy and works like a charm. The amount of adhesive that comes out of the tube afterward can double in volume, depending on how far the pencil is inserted.
…and Mom said that cheap and easy was a bad thing!
By Tom Pawlak
When repairing or replacing missing sections in wood molding, it helps to have a way to do it efficiently. If you’re repairing historically significant architecture your method should disturb as little of the original wood as possible.
By Grace Ombry
WEST SYSTEM®, Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) and nine family groups joined forces at the 2010 WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut this June to build nine Sassafras 16 kit canoes. With only a blue and white striped rental tent to shield them from the unseasonably hot weather in Mystic that weekend, everyone labored hard to get their boats a long way toward completion in just three short days. Continue reading
by Bruce Niederer
I often get calls from a customer asking if his left over epoxy can be used for some small project around the house
The answer is yes, of course! Here are three projects that are perfect examples of what you can do with those partial cans of WEST SYSTEM® resin and hardener.
By Greg Bull
Strings, as unique as the man who designed it, continues to be a work in progress for us at GBI. In Jan Gougeon’s first year of sailing Strings, he noticed the boat felt sticky at times. He thought it might be the centerboards jibing too much and the solution might be locking them straight. The center boards work as jibing boards by having two high spots on each side of a centerboard head creating the pivot point to get the boards to change angle, or jibe. The actual pressure from the boat going through the water and wanting to slide sideways gets the boards to jibe. Continue reading
By Julie Van Mullekom
Like a lot of people, when I’m at work I like to keep busy. It makes me feel good about myself and the bonus is that the day just flies on by. Having said that, it’s also nice to escape from the walls of my office now and then and head out into the shop to see what the guys are working on. For some reason this gravitational pull I feel from the shop occurs more when my boss is away. We can just call it an unexplained phenomenon and leave it at that. During some of my excursions to the shop rather than just observing they let me help them with the projects they’re working on, which I Continue reading
By Tom Pawlak
Last Father’s Day I received a new light and sleek bicycle from my family. It is by far the nicest bike I’ve ever owned. I enjoy riding it to work in the spring, summer and fall. Because it is so nice, I decided I didn’t want to bolt on the aluminum bracket used previously over the back wheel on my old bike. The bracket had served multiple purposes. It supported my travel bag and it acted as a fender to keep road water off my back while riding. I decided I would ride with a backpack instead to reduce bulkiness and thought it would be nice to make a lightweight fender that I could snap on for those rainy days. That would allow me to remove it for longer trips and on nice weather days. Continue reading
By The Students of Goshen High School’s Engineering Design & Development Class
We are a group of students from Goshen High School in northern Indiana and for the past six years we’ve had the opportunity to design, build and test high mileage prototype vehicles in a class called Engineering Design and Development. Year to year this program serves about 30 students aged 15 to 18. We begin with little to no background in an automotive or engineering technology background, and through the course of this program learn many new skills. Continue reading