DIY kneeling thwart
Posted by: old_user on Aug-24-09 2:41 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
-- Last Updated: Aug-24-09 3:20 PM EST --
How about DIY kneeling thwart. I want a better solo option for my Morningstar and was thinking about building and installing a kneeling thwart. Any ideas on species, width and thickness, angle of dangle, would be appreciated. It seems like a deceptively simple project, but I’ve never paid close attention to the few commercially available kneeling thwarts I’ve seen and don’t want to make mine too skimpy or too heavy…
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Posted by: pblanc on Aug-24-09 3:34 PM (EST)
A properly designed and positioned|
Posted by: g2d on Aug-24-09 5:47 PM (EST)
minicell saddle will outperform any kneeling thwart. And I think that a .75" thick kneeling thwart is a bit thick and heavy.
budget is tight|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-25-09 8:03 AM (EST)
It’s for my work canoe; its government work, so my budget is tight. I use a saddle bag in my personal tandem, but thought I’d gain a little more control with a kneeling thwart. I wasn’t sure about thickness… I was thinking about using thinner material and if I had to, reinforcing it with some aluminum angle stock.
Posted by: angstrom on Aug-25-09 8:55 AM (EST)
I've got the Bell kneeling thwart in my Morningstar RX. I'll try to get some pix & measurements tonight.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-25-09 11:03 AM (EST)
walnut, I think|
Posted by: pblanc on Aug-25-09 11:23 AM (EST)
I believe they are dark walnut.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-25-09 1:16 PM (EST)
i didn't think about the mincell near the gunnels...
Posted by: FrankNC on Aug-25-09 11:34 AM (EST)
They make a custom one for you for very little money. At least they did for me years ago. They had some stock around all ready and just cut it to length and sent it to me.
Posted by: c2g on Aug-25-09 9:12 PM (EST)
My preference is for 3/4" x 4" (actually works out to 3/4 x 3 1/2) material. Ash, Walnut, or Cherry are traditional, but there is no reason you couldn't use other hardwoods. I but the piece long enough that I can cut the drops from the same piece of wood. I use two long stainless machine screws on each end of the thwart.
Posted by: osprey on Aug-25-09 9:45 PM (EST)
If you haven't searched the archives you might try that also as we've discussed this here a few times. Its been several years since I came with much the same question.
Posted by: angstrom on Aug-26-09 8:41 AM (EST)
Posted by: pagayeur on Aug-26-09 11:13 AM (EST)
Here’s my opinion on kneeling thwarts: first their size and positioning depends on hull size. A wide and deep tandem might reuire a 1 inch thwart thickness and drop down and inch or two from the inwale. A solo hull such as a Wildfire or Flashfire can get by with a clear grain ¾ inch, with very little drop from the inwale. I prefer a 15 degree angle. I always use fender washers under the thwart on the supporting bolt and nut. Make sure it is in a place which results in level trim (pitch). A word of caution: always be able to get your feet quickly and easily past the thwart in case of a dump.