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Lots of stuff goes on in this shop, located in Lorette, Manitoba.

Primarily it's the building and repair of classic wood & canvas canoes, and the making of premium canoe paddles. I also do custom boat building, composite fabrication, and special projects. A growing passion of mine is the making of classical guitars, I'll post about that, too.

I want to be able to share with my clients the progress of their commissioned work. Later I started thinking that there might be other people who are interested in what goes on inside a wooden canoe shop operated by an artist and a recovering teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by post. My mailing address is:

Red River Canoe & Paddle
24249 River Rd
Lorette, Manitoba
R5K 0Z6

Wednesday 9 September 2009

The motor is installed and the wiring complete on the thickness sander that I am building. It works! It didn't explode or anything nasty like that. The drum turns smoothly, I am happy that my efforts to install it well centered were successful. I think that I need to put a larger belt pulley on the shaft to slow it down some.

I still need to make a dust shield, true the drum, attach abrasive paper, and make a table. I haven't decided whether I will make a power feed table or simply hand feed on a sliding platform. As this will only be used for my guitar making materials, all shorter than 24", I am thinking that I will just make a hand feed table. I can always make a power feed later. Yeah, right!

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