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Making fenders for my IMARA
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:58:38 PM »

I am going to make the fenders for my Imara any one else done this ?
If yes have you a 'ropeie' pattern.  I have found some real ones on the web I can adapt but I wondered if any one else is an anorak?
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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 12:03:32 PM »

Like this?
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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 12:38:14 PM »

Yes but more the ones that hang along the sides (not tyres)
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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 01:41:12 PM »

These?
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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 01:57:26 PM »

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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 03:07:37 PM »

Rod,

A plastic tube (or rubber hose) core covered by tubular bandage folded backwards and forwards three or four times along the length. Tuck the ends into the hollow centre and glue. Add a 'rope' also glued into the centre and seal with a circle of cloth or plastic pierced for the rope. Paint matt white and - voila!- a fender.

Hope this helps. If you need details for the bow fender, let me know.

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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 03:19:21 PM »

Yes please Barry the details of the bow fender would be good.
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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 04:17:51 PM »

Fred,
Get a piece of hard-ish foam rubber - I used a piece from an old kneeling pad - and cut it to shape just less than the thickness of the parcel string covering, to form a core. Make the end ropes by taping two or three pieces of string along the length of the core. 

Starting at the centre, take a turn and then form a series of hitches around the circumference. Continue round and round the core, each time forming a new set of hitches through the preceding row. As the core narrows, miss a hitch in the preceding row to keep the string covering snug to the core surface. Do this in an inconspicuous place, either underneath or at the rear of the fender.

Continue to the end and then tie off the string neatly and tuck any surplus underneath.

Go back to the centre and form another set of hitches through the centre loop from which you started and again work towards the end in the manner described above and finish similarly.
Give it a coat of matt paint, white emulsion or shoe whitening to finish.

If you are like me then you will need a couple of shots to get it right but the result is worth the effort. The technique uses a lot of string; more than you might expect. As you are constantly pulling the string through, you will not be able to complete the job with a continuous length of string unless you have the patience of a saint. Use lengths as long as you can handle and join new sections such that the knots are as small as possible and hidden. I have not tried it but wonder if joining lengths with Bostik, Uhu or similar to achieve a faired connection is worth the trouble?

Let us know how you get on.

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Re: Making fenders for my IMARA
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014, 08:38:28 AM »

Thanks nice effect
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