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Making a tiller and tiller extension
November 30, 2010The tiller that came with the boat is kind of eaten up by the weather and it needs an extension, but the hold-on-to-it end is rather small to be drilling a hole for a tiller extension. The diameter of the tiller is rather small to have a tiller tamer screwed onto it as well. So I've decided to make a new tiller and since I haven't been able to find a tiller extension like I want, I decided to make that too. And I have plenty of white ash which is the right wood for a tiller.
So today I started cutting wood. I got most of the cutting done for the tiller extension, but I don't know exactly how long to make it until I get the tiller itself done. I'm going to put a little bit of a upward kink in the tiller so I'll be laminating it to make that possible. I have the basic billets of wood cut. Next I need to rip them into 1/4" thick strips to be laminated (I sure wish I had a table saw).
December 8, 2010I was curious about whether Titebond II wood glue would hold as strong as epoxy. It sure is easier to work with - no mixing and cleans up with water. So I put together a little test. I glued some similar blocks together, one set with Titebond, and one set with West Systems epoxy. Once they had a couple of days to cure, I tested the breaking strength with a glommed together tester.
I found that the strength wasn't dramatically different, but that the epoxy did seem slightly stronger. I think conventioun wisdom would say that. I know Titebond now has an even better product, so it would be interesting to try that.
I guess the net of this is that I stick with the conventional wisdom and use epoxy.
I finally got
my new (used) table saw in operation and ripped the
strips for the new tiller. I wanted to get it glued up today and I
didn't really want to mess with epoxy, so I went with the Titebond
glue. I have to believe it will hold just fine, and its water proof
so I don't expect to have any problems. Below is a photo of the
I worked on the tiller extension swivel yoke today. It's pretty
well finished except for cleaning and painting.
Mounted the rudder and new tiller and installed the
tiller-tamer and rudder control cleat.