February 10, 2011 § 4 Comments
I mentioned earlier that when building a canoe, you can never have enough clamps. Having said that like a know-it-all, I wish I had more. The following picture shows my two favorite clamping methods:
In the foreground, you see a spring clamp with an “L” bracket made out of plywood. This is my favorite clamping method, as it keeps the strip tight against the form and allows pretty good pressure to keep the strip in the cove of its neighbor. For pesky strips that need a little more force to keep the strips mated, I use bar clamps. These clamps have very good strength, but too much force tends to make the strips bow out from the station form.
I’ve also started to experiment with bungee cords:
Note that I use the bead from a scrap piece of wood when using bar clamps and bungees to protect the cove.
At any rate, here’s a picture of progress thus far:
The dots, by the way, are hot melt glue residue that will be sanded off.