Re: [baidarka] rivets, anyone?

Wolfgang Brinck (
Wed, 13 May 1998 14:55:45 -0500

Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 14:55:45 -0500
From: "Wolfgang Brinck" <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] rivets, anyone?

HendrikMaroske wrote:

> Robert Herbert and Buffy Turner wrote:
> > Has anyone tried riveting and screwing parts of wooden baidarkas
> > together? I know that it would be somewhat stiffer that if just tied,
> > but it would still have some flex over the length of the boat.
> >
> > Robert
> > Islamorada, FL, USA
> Hi Robert,
> for the folding variety of baidarkas screwing really is an option.
> Because
> you always have access to parts with loose screws. I also riveted some
> parts of aircraft certified plywood. In general and especially for the
> rigid
> boat builder community, I recommend mortising, tying and glueing,
> because
> that's the most durable method. And it gives you more valuable time to
> spend in the workshop :)=)
> Hendrik

I just got a new pair of glasses, but on the last pair which I had for a
number of years, the screws at the corners where the stems attach were
always working loose. I would re-tighten them periodically and then
finally, I lost one of the screws. As a temporary measure, I got some waxed
dental floss and lashed through the screw hole. I never did get back to the
optometrist for a new screw because the lashing worked so much better. For
good measure I also lashed across the other screw which subsequently stayed
in place. As Red Green says about duct tape repair jobs: "It's temporary
unless it works."