Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ferodo VG95 racing brake shoes

Two sets sold this week, so four linings left and as one set.

We have about three sets of four shoes per set left.

Friday, 20th October 2017.

Correction, two sets were sold to New York in the USA today, with two more sets sold to Germany a while back there is just the one set left.

Who wants it?

The Rootes, Ford  and BMC competitions departments will all have used these shoes at one time?

They will fit either 7" or 8" brake drums.

This is the lining when clamped to the 8" diameter  Hillman Imp brake shoe and brake drum.

Only Pounds 11.00 per shoe each, plus postage World wide.

Suitable for the Hillman Imp and Sunbeam Stiletto, the width is 37mm and length 178mm (aprox)

When they are gone they will be gone!


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Jigsaw joints from Dix Design

Dudley Dix introduced the plywood jig saw joints some time back.

These joints are used to connect flat ply panels such and bulkheads, hull and decks skins plus the decks.

From Dudleys blog.

Joining Plywood - Jigsaw or Puzzle Joints

I apologise for my long gap between posts, life has been very full for awhile.

Jigsaw joints have become a popular method for joining 8ft plywood lengths into the long panels needed for building most boats. It is an easy process for those who are building from a kit but it is impractical for most people building from scratch. If building from plans or from patterns then you will have to make every cut by hand using a jigsaw and the accuracy necessary for a close-fitting jigsaw joint is just not possible to achieve.

For those who have not seen a jigsaw joint, the form is exactly the same as the interlocking curves of a jigsaw puzzle, except that the interlocking curves are laid out in a straight line rather than in a grid pattern. This forms a very accurate and secure junction between the two parts, unable to slide apart and needing no clamps, while the glue sets.

For amateurs building bigger boats it is just not practical to assemble the panels before installation. Panels 8ft long are very convenient for one person to handle, without having to call on the wife, kids and neighbours to help with the task. I built the structures and interior of my Didi 38 "Black Cat" entirely single-handed. There was not a single piece of timber in that boat that I was not able to carry and set up without any assistance. But I made scarph joints by hand and I glued them in position.


Ligonoloc wood nail use

The system has great potential when the fasteners can be left in view and become a part of the structure, wood frame homes are an example.

With the beech hardwood nail left in view it will not look out of place with the rest of the structure.

The nailing tool is driven by compressed air and takes a cartridge of LignoLoc nails.

Nails and tools 

Fast and clean to use.

 The beech wood LignoLoc nails are supplied in three sizes, 50mm, 55mm and 65mm lengths.

 Contact me for a brochure.


LignoLoc by Beck fasteners

Wooden nails offer a system that can bond a structure together without fear of rust or nail rot, used in furniture there will be no back filling of a nail or screw hole, just sanding to a smooth finish.

Used in timber framed building such as homes, the beech wood LignoLoc nail will not be an unsightly issue.

The Beck Fastener Group is well known World wide.

LignoLoc’s creators tout a few additional advantages over traditional metal nails. In sauna construction, for example, the wooden nails would eliminate the possibility of annoying hotspots from nailheads in the paneling. LignoLoc nails also don’t create a thermal bridge the way metal nails do.

Contact me for further information and a brochure.


Introducing the LignoLoc beech wood nailing system for South Africa

This was shown to me just last week, since then I have searched for more information and have been in touch with the manufacturers.

What this is about is a brand new system of nailing wood, plastics also I should think?

The nails are beech wood, compressed and injected with a resin that makes the nails hard enough to drive into materials like wood.

Samples of the system will be supplied and I will soon be able to test it and do demonstrations to producers of wood or plastic materials, roof trusses, recycled plastic like Trex wood polymer come to mind. 

The nails are made of beech wood, compressed with a resin to make them hard, and come in lengths up to 65 mm (2.5 inches). Beech wood was especially chosen as it is indigenous to Austria, where Beck is situated, and because its straight growth gives it the most homogenous cell structure.

Brochures are available, please contact me for your copy or more news on the LignoLoc system.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Building the Dix Design Retro 29 here in Hout Bay

This one is in the village we live in.

Mike has the first bulkhead in place, his daughter looks as if she may be the center of attraction.

Watch this space for what I hope will be regular updates.

Below is the boat as it will become.

This is the okoume marine plywood kit set we supply.

MARINE PLYWOOD 1,22x2,44m (4'x8') (preferably Gaboon or Okoume plywood)
4.5mm (3/16") - 8 sheets (use 4mm if 4.5mm is not available)
6mm (1/4") - 4 sheets
9mm (3/8") - 24 sheets
12mm (1/2") - 6 sheets

CNC  cut and shipped to you World wide.

You can have a tradition gaff rig or a cut off main racing rig.

We can supply North Sails to each buyer of one of our Retro 29 ,kits either with the kit or at a later date when your ready for the sails, the option is yours?

Delivery was made from the back of an LDV

Everyone helped, these are exciting times!

From Justins SA Yacht blog

Monday, June 4, 2012

Didi 29 Retro!

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing!
I wonder if musicians can appreciate written music before they have heard it played? I guess they probably can otherwise how would they write it? Anyway - this is the first boat review I am prompted to do on a boat that has not actually been built yet. Its also the first one for which I have been prompted to include an exclamation mark in the name! You'll see what I mean . . . there will be more to come when we see it on the water.

This is an extraordinarily interesting design from a number of perspectives. When I first saw the outlines on Roy McBride's blog I responded with a short email commenting on the design which he immediately published, and the interest in this design has been immense.