Filling the football

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Canoe building factoid #1: You spend half your time looking for that thing that you just had in your hand.

Canoe building factoid #2: That thing that you want is always on the other side of the boat.

Filling in the football. The stripping has gone quickly and without any of the problems that can arise. From time to time I measure from the edge of the center strip to the edge of the side strip. The last thing I want is to have the last strips on either side to look different. As fun as the stripping has been, I can’t wait to get to the next phase of the project. I can taste the sawdust that I will be creating soon when I start sanding  the hull.

There are a lot of acute angles. I’ve found that the best way to pare the wood away is with a block plane.

note the fashionable, canoe-building garb

It takes about 20 seconds to rough in the angle. If I’ve marked the angle correctly, the test fit will reveal that the strip fits tightly. Otherwise (and is normally the case), I have to fine-tune the angle. Either way, the block plane does quick work and you end up with a neat little pile of gerbil bedding.

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