Ultralight Stripper AKA "Less is More"

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Ultralight Stripper AKA "Less is More"

Postby Larry C » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:27 pm

Ultralight Stripper Build Journal:

My plan is a light as possible 5X8 Teardrop. I have chosen Mike's Ultralight profile as the foundation of my build. 500-600# is my goal. I want a tear that can be towed by a small car/truck.
I will use techniques I know. I have built several strip kayaks. I am comfortable with fiberglass/epoxy. So.... I will build a wood strip sided Ultralight, encapsulated in fiberglass/epoxy. However, I will not strip the top. I will use either silver colored fiberglass or colored carbon/kevlar cloth over 1/8" Plywood. spartan galley and cabin.

As of 3/09/10:

THE DESIGN. THANKS, MIKE! :thumbsup:
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PROFILE LAYOUT ON MASONITE. BRADS AT xy POINTS. BATTEN CLAMPED TO BRADS. WORKED GREAT FOR PROFILE LAYOUT..



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PROFILE LAMINATIONS GLUED (BOTH SIDES SHOWN ON TOP OF EACH OTHER)
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20 YEAR OLD PRESSURE TREATED PICNIC TABLE LUMBER
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RECYCLED INTO FLOOR LUMBER. PICTURE ALSO SHOWS SOME STRIPS FOR SIDE WALLS, AND FIRST HATCH FORM CUT FROM DISCARDED PLYWOOD (10 PLY) HOSE REEL.
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THIS IS MY PLANNED FRAME. IT'S ANDREW'S PICO LIGHT REDRAWN FOR A 5X8 WITH 12" WHEELS AND MAYBE A 935# AXLES. THANKS, ANDREW! :thumbsup:




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Postby Shadow Catcher » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:38 pm

Should be a stunning teardrop, I look forward to following this one. I have always admired wood stripper canoes but we tend to hit lots of rocks, Hard!
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Postby dwgriff1 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:53 pm

There are several of those Mikes Ultra light under construction. I think it has a great profile.

Work carefully you should be able to beat mine at 580. I think 500 is possible without undue problems.

Looks very good.

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Postby Juneaudave » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:22 pm

I sure like your plan!!! Keep the pics coming!!
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Postby bve » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:30 pm

Great introduction to your build. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

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A little more progress

Postby Larry C » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:35 pm

Did some work on my build this weekend. I decided to further cut some weight off my floor. I had originally milled my old picnic table lumber to 1-1/2" x 1-1/8" to use for my floor framing. The ends were milled to 1-1/2" x 4" taperd to 3" to match profile. All this old lumber is pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine. It is strong and heavy.
I remilled it to 1" X 1-1/8" and reduced the ends pieces to 1" X 3" taper to 2" My goal is a floor that is 1-3/8" thick with 1/8 Luan bottom and 1/4" on top. I hope the SYP on 12" centers is going to be strong enough for the 5X8 as my trailer frame is just a triangle and the torsion box floor is mostly self supporting. The bottom will also be fiberglass/Epoxy.
I found some 1" blue foam at Lowes. After measuring it in several locations, I found the thickness was inconsistent. I decided to mill the foam to the exact thickness of my wood framing. It worked very well, but created a big mess :(

No....... That ain't snow

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Big mess blowing all over my garage/yard
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Everything being planed to 1"
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materials for build piling up
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My first use of the HF Trim Router I bought a couple years ago for $20.
I really like it because the starting torque is very mild compared to my fixed base Bosch. I used a 1/8" solid carbide bit with a 1x4 as a guide to cut the door profile and the bulkheads/shelves inset into my template.
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Floor framing planed to 1"
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Postby Juneaudave » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:44 pm

There is a new one, planing foam!!! :lol:

Keep those pics coming, I think I'm going to learn alot here!
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Postby 2bits » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:07 pm

I love the frame, I will be doing a simliar kind of frame if/when I build the next one. So simple and proportioned.
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Postby Larry C » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:34 pm

Juneaudave wrote:There is a new one, planing foam!!! :lol:

Keep those pics coming, I think I'm going to learn alot here!
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Dave,I don't know what you will learn from me that you don't already know.
Your build sets the bar for "woodies" I constantly check your pics for inspiration and ideas. Mine won't be anyway near your Teardrop's quality.

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Postby Larry C » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:33 pm

2bits wrote:I love the frame, I will be doing a simliar kind of frame if/when I build the next one. So simple and proportioned.


I agree, Andrew really came up with a great design. I think it is elegant!
I especially like the adjustable prop stand incorporated into the coupler tube.
I don't know what my build will end up weighing so I will build the triangle for now and see what everything weighs before buying my stub axles. They are availalbe 425#;550#,and 935#. I am hoping to use the 550. I want my axles loaded close to their rating.

BTW/ your build is one of my favorites...........

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Postby 2bits » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:22 pm

Oh I like that stand that you mentioned! Just seeing the frame makes me want to start another one already, and thank you too!
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Build update June

Postby Larry C » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:55 pm

I finally got the steel I need for the frame. Everything is cut and ready for my welder friend. The tongue angles were a lot of fun to cut as the angles were beyond the capability of my old miter saw converted to a metal cutting chop saw. I cut them with a hack saw which took awhile, but came they out good. All other cuts, the chop saw worked great.
I don't have my flexride stub axles yet because I am not sure if I will need the 550# (I hope) or 935# capacity. I will wait till I get the frame welded and finish me torsion box floor and weigh everything before deciding.
The floor build is also progressing. I do have a question for anyone that has the Atwood Stabilizer Jacks. I would like to know the bolt center spacing for the attachment as I will be installing Tee nuts in my floor frame to be able to attach the stabilizers later.

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Postby steve smoot » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:07 pm

Larry, the trailer is looking good...

I found out too late that 3/4" plus 3/4" does not equal 1 1/2" when you are talking foamboard... :lol: sure wish I had a planner that would take 14 1/2" stock..

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Postby 2bits » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:22 pm

Beauty in simplicity! :thumbsup:
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Postby S. Heisley » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:10 pm

Nice, really nice....Can hardly wait to see and read more! :thumbsup: :applause:
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