Filling the football

March 3, 2013 § 3 Comments

Just a quick post to show how I’m filling the football. Instead of running alternating light and dark cedar strips parallel to the centerline, this time I’m running alternating light and dark strips both along the centerline and the edge of the football to form a continuous dark line that decreases as the football grows smaller. I’ll post a picture when I’m done (it’s hard to explain), but the picture below shows the progress thus far.

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§ 3 Responses to Filling the football

  • Derrick Diffenderfer says:

    Hi, I’m using the stapleless method of construction described in Canoe Craft and I’m wondering if you use this same method or some variation (or maybe something entirely different) I noticed in some of your pictures that your using just the L shaped brackets with pinch clamps with and no wedges. Can you get enough edge pressure to seat the strips properly, and also, can you get enough downward force to hold the strips to the mold?

    • rstruck says:

      I use the stapleless construction method as well. I combine the L brackets with the use of bungee cords where the bracket isn’t up to the task. When I use bungees, I place a 2″ length of 1/4″ dowel in the cove to protect the cove and then alternate running the cords outside and inside the hull to screws that I have drilled into the strongback. Sometime I just wind the bungee around the “wall” of the hull. Bungees work well but you have to stay close to the stations so that the pull on the strip doesn’t distort the run (which tends to happen more between stations). I use bar clamps as well at the beginning of the build (the first 10 strips or so).

    • rstruck says:

      Sorry for the late reply but other tasks have kept me from working on the canoe (and the blog). I have found that using a combination of bungees (for the downward pressure) and L brackets (to keep the strip to the station) works best. The bracket alone is usually not enough.

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