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09-22-2014 11:59 AM
ultraclyde
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
That's what I'm using on my Vagabond (Holder) 14. Hickory axe handle from Lowe's. Works great although I think I will thin out the tip a little this winter for better ergonomics. Could be a little longer and a little less stout for my little boat, but it works and cost next to nuthin'.

There's pictures of it near the end of the cheap projects thread.
09-22-2014 04:15 AM
L124C
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
Shovel handles work as well. I varnished one and people use it all day without realizing they are steering the boat with a shovel handle.
I also have a longer one reinforced with fiberglass. I padded the end with one of those foam "pool noodles". I use it when I single hand and steer a lot with my thighs while tending the sails.

A axe handle might look even better, though...nothing looks as good as a laminated tiller.
09-21-2014 03:13 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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The tiller on my Columbia 22' busted the other day after 30+ years good service.

I've been looking around to find replacement tillers, but they all seem to be mahogany/ash laminates.

Is there any particular reason for this, and does anyone know where to buy solid wood tillers?
try sailors exchange in st augustine FL. They have a TON.
09-21-2014 12:43 PM
Capt Len
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

When I hear about all the trees down in storms and orchard bulldozed by drought down there in 'merica' ,I think of the wonderful supply of hard woods ,free for the picking. A yew branch has within its bark a hidden tiller (from experience) Lots of other parts are also hidden in similar locations (from experience)
09-21-2014 12:10 PM
TQA
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
09-21-2014 11:43 AM
asdf38
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

I'm a bit torn here. My current tiller is probably original and solid. But after probably many sandings/refinishes, including by me last year I think it's thinned out a bit. Now it bangs around a bit in the slot on the transom hung rudder. Overall it just doesn't instill a feeling of strength that I'd like for such an important item.

On the one hand, I'd love to make the tiller, but that would realistically mean solid.

On the other hand I see that Ruddercraft.com sells a laminated Contessa 26 tiller for $169. That's honestly not bad. And buying it would cross one item off my to-do list.
Contessa 26 Laminated Mahogany and Ash Tiller, Rudder Craft Inc.
11-04-2010 01:30 AM
L124C
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Originally Posted by Tazsprout View Post
Interesting thread..
I just bought a Holder 17 and the tiller just seems.. I don't know, unconvincing. Its a small boat and of course, has a not very long tiller.

I suspect I will spring for a laminated tiller at some point. However, I had a long hard look at some axe handles, so I was interested in the wheelbarrow/baseball bat idea. Has anyone actually tried these "alternate" approaches?
"A not very long tiller"?...Oh yeah, we used to call that - short! The Wheelbarrow handle would be more than strong enough, but may be tough to find new. For 17 feet, I would think you could find shovel or post hole digger handles that would work for about ten bucks. You'd probably want to cut a few feet off, then simply mill the end to fit in your hardware.
11-03-2010 04:14 PM
Tazsprout Interesting thread..
I just bought a Holder 17 and the tiller just seems.. I don't know, unconvincing. Its a small boat and of course, has a not very long tiller.

I suspect I will spring for a laminated tiller at some point. However, I had a long hard look at some axe handles, so I was interested in the wheelbarrow/baseball bat idea. Has anyone actually tried these "alternate" approaches?
09-02-2010 09:53 PM
deniseO30 I don't know if it was mentioned.. but KEEP A SPARE TILLER ON BOARD!!!
yes I yelled
09-02-2010 03:16 PM
L124C
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post
In my exceedingly short experiment with wood working, during which I did a lot of studying, I learned that a properly made up, properly glued joint, using modern glues will exceed the strength of the surrounding wood. (Excluding end-grain surfaces, of course.) I also learned that even the most perfect-looking piece of straight-grained wood can have hidden defects (knots, pitch pockets, grain anomalies) that will only be revealed when you try to work the wood (uncovering them), when it unaccountably moves or warps later on, or when it fails under load. Also there is the question of grain orientation vs. load direction. Lamination, properly done, solves all these problems.Jim
This is the main reason we use Glue Laminated beams in construction. The other being that a camber (arch) can be engineered into them. Spans are achieved with Glu Lams that couldn't even be considered with a regular timber beam. Interestingly, they (wooden beams) are more fire resistant than steel beams. But then...I digress far off topic. If the fire resistance of your tiller becomes an issue, something has gone horribly wrong!
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