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Stephen Hill
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Post by Stephen Hill » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:48 am

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to remove copper nails and roves without damaging the wood too much?

I have a Merlin Rocket that should be glued construction but a previous owner has decided to seal leaking joints with the nails. As I am stripping to bare wood to re-varnish and paint and I have to epoxy some other leaking joints I thought I'd remove the nails and reglue the old joints.

Is the copper likely to be soft enough to hit it with a very sharp chisle and take the top off, should they be drilled out and the hole filled or should I leave be?

Many thanks for any help

Steve

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Post by Garry R » Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:11 pm

Hi Stephen

I was doing this last night on my ribbed boat although I am not worried about the wood underneath!!! The easist way it to get hold of an angle grinder, zip the burred rivet head off gently - take a couple of goes at it to avoid overheating (with copper about 2 seconds) and move to the next one. I did a half side of the boat last night in about 5 minutes. Just don't hold it too long in one place and the wood will be fine. The rove popped off and then drive out the nail. Fill the hole after you have glued with epoxy (use microballoons from West System) - you may not even need to fill it if the epoxy squeezes up through. (tip here - put a bit of masking tape on either side of the joint on both sides - you won't splother it all over the wood. The wood will stain with the epoxy but rub it off with acetone if this happens. When I did a similar job I held the planks apart with little wood wedges put in the glue, moved the wedges and made sure the whole length of plank was glued, remove wedges completely and I screwed the planks together with lightly greased panhead screws. Remove the screws when the glue has set and refill the holes - I think I used Rawlplug mahogany filler in a tube - You can't even see where the repair was done. Hope this helps.

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Post by Stephen Hill » Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:12 pm

Thanks Garry, I hadn't thought about that. Will give it a try. Just seen your next project! The freebie Smokers Satisfaction on the MR for sale list

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Post by Garry R » Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:34 pm

Pass on that one !!!!

Would need to buy a new house with a much larger garage!!

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Post by Mark » Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:16 pm

You mean this one
http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/forum/adv ... asp?id=216
there is also another 'Smokers' open to offer
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Post by Ed » Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:39 pm

Panatella was a nice boat a few years ago....but beginning to show its age. But its made by Laurie Smart so would be well worth re-building.

I know everyone is terribly into vintage merlins at the moment....but this would be a georgeous boat to do up...

Don't even think about it Neil!!!!

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Post by neil » Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:52 pm

After my last experience with a Merlin I'm sticking to boats with proper planks and ribs, none of this glued together stuff.
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