On stapleless construction

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

You might look at the picture below and say, “Whoa, dude, that canoe you’re building has leprosy.”

canoe building: stapleless construction

Actually, those unsightly blobs are hot melt glue. Essentially, I glue and clamp the strips, and then apply hot melt glue between the strips on the outside of the boat. The hot melt glue keeps the strips together while the wood glue cures. In this way, I can move on to the next strip without having the previous one move around on me. All in all, I prefer this method to stapling the strips to the forms. One caveat though is that the strips will have a tendency to bow away from the station forms when you clamp them (particularly when using bar clamps).

Of course, if I’m doing just one strip, I glue it, clamp it, and leave it.

I can then scrape off the blobs of hot melt glue and the resulting surface (after a bit of sanding) looks none the worse for wear. And no staple holes!

The darkness, by the way, occurs when you wipe the surface down with a damp rag. I was just curious about the final color of the boat.

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