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Tacks---brass Verses Copper

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brad Posey, May 13, 2018.

  1. Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    What is the consensus on using copper tacks instead of the more expensive brass that is on my canoe.
  2. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    The copper tacks which are cheaper than the brass tacks on your canoe are not canoe tacks. Dan Miller has 2 lbs of copper canoe tacks advertised in the want ads for $58/ lb plus shipping. Regular copper tacks are too thick to turn back into the ribs and clinch properly.
  3. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Use copper if you foresee any use in salt water; brass tacks will corrode (de-zincify) in salt water, becoming weaker and staining the surrounding rib wood with white blooms.

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