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willits tacks

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by ppride, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. ppride

    ppride Canoe Builder

    I recently recieved two Willits canoes #774 and #822 in the shop. One I bought myself and one is a restoration for a customer. I"m looking for 1/2 inch copper tacks to match the ones in the canoes. Has anyone used the tacks supplied by Jamestown distributors or have other options? Thanks, Pete
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    Pete, they don't exist. The best option is to get some shaker box tacks, and spin down the heads. The gauge is right, but the heads are huge.
     
  3. Gary Willoughby

    Gary Willoughby Boat Builder

    Jon Wilson at www.shakerovalbox.com makes copper tacks. His # 4 light trimmer is listed at 7/16 " long the ones I have mike out at .46 inches long with a 5/32 " head
    .i6 inches . Seams like a while back someone found a company that would make them but had to buy 20 lbs. don't know how that ever turned out.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    ppride

    ppride Canoe Builder

    Thanks Gary, I will order some and post here on how they work out. Pete
     

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