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A Dual Level Computer Stand

Editor’s note: I guess we are nothing if not cutting edge over here at Gougeon Brothers, Inc. Technical Advisor Brian Knight (now retired) wrote this article in 1993 about how to build something that is now a fast-growing trend in the workplace: a stand-up desk. Brian’s “dual level computer stand” will still make a great stand-up option today, although we imagine yours will have a flat screen monitor rather than the cathode ray tubes featured in the image gallery of this article.

by Brian Knight

Because I spend so much time working at a computer, I designed a computer cabinet that would allow me to stand or sit while I work. It takes less than 10 seconds to convert from one position to the other. As an added bonus, moving the computer to its own stand freed some workspace on my desk.

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An Epoxy & Fiberglass Roof

by C. Joe Parker

Bill Wendt called and described how his flat roof had been leaking. He said he was also putting an addition on the house, and wanted to use the same flat roof design so the addition would blend in with the rest of the house. But first he wanted to eliminate the roof leak. Continue reading

Home-Built Automobile

by Grace Ombry

Bill Dauser couldn’t find an automobile to suit his needs, so he designed and built his own using epoxy, among other things.

The Muskegon, Michigan carpenter welded two Eldorado front ends back-to-back to create the frame. This arrangement allowed for front wheel drive and four wheel independent suspension. The auto also has four wheel disc brakes and a Buick 231 V6 engine. Continue reading

Building a Retractable Rudder Case

by Captain James R. Watson

No matter what kind of boat you have, there is nothing so delightful as building or fixing the part that steers her.

A reliable, easily lifted rudder system can greatly enhance the performance of a shoal draft boat. After years of building boats for our customers and ourselves, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of a functional and reliable steering and rudder system. Continue reading

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Cold-Temperature Bonding & Coating with Epoxy

Strategies for successful application and curing of epoxy at low temperatures

Epoxy behaves differently in cold temperatures. These handling tips can guide you in obtaining optimum performance from epoxy in this fall and winter.

Epoxies reach a higher percentage of their potential physical properties when mixed and applied at temperatures above 60°F. However, you can use epoxy at lower temperatures and still obtain a dependable bond. The key is adapting your handling and application techniques to cold temperatures. Whether you live in a Northern or Southern climate, it is helpful to know how temperature affects epoxy chemistry, how epoxy handles differently in cold conditions, and what steps you can take to assure dependable bonds in cold weather. Continue reading

WEST SYSTEM Instructions

Instructional Materials to Meet Your Needs

by Grace Ombry

Epoxy users can find out almost anything they need to know about using WEST SYSTEM epoxy through the instructional materials we produce. We frequently update these publications to give you easy access to the latest information on using epoxy for construction and repair. You’ll find these publications filled with explanations and illustrations covering virtually all aspects of marine repair with epoxy. Continue reading

Rigid Wing Sails

by John Holtrop

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Cover Photo: John Holtrop sails in Kern County, California with a rigid wing sail he built.

Rigid wing sails offer high aerodynamic efficiency. They have been used in defending the America’s Cup, and are seen on some other high performance catamarans. Continue reading

What All Those Tests & Numbers Mean

by Captain James R. Watson

If you were to inquire about the physical properties of WEST SYSTEM® epoxy, you’d receive a physical properties data sheet. To some, the information is very meaningful, but I was having a hard time figuring out what all those tests and numbers meant and how they applied to my projects. After I found out for myself, I decided to write an article explaining how the tests are performed and what the resulting numbers mean. Continue reading

G-32

Gougeon 32 Update

Gougeon Manufacturing Corp. continued to fine tune the design and production of the Gougeon 32 sailboat in 1993, adding a sporty, wrap-around window look. Continue reading

Epoxy Shelf Life

by Captain James R. Watson

If you’ve had quantities of left over WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy after completing a project, you may have wondered how long the material would remain usable. Epoxy users have asked us these kinds of question regarding older epoxy:

“I bought some of your epoxy at a rummage sale, it’s old, is it still okay to use?” Continue reading