Starting the football

September 3, 2015 § 3 Comments

For me at least, boat building is often a solitary affair. I suppose it’s no surprise; after all, I wouldn’t want to see me strip either. Strangely. the “stripping” tag always seems to drive traffic to the blog for some reason.

At any rate, I’m at the point now where it’s time to fill the football. Because the last canoe worked out so well, I’m planning on using the same pattern for the kayak — alternating light and dark strips that form a continuous line around the circumference of the football halves. Of course, the kayak is narrower than the canoe so I have less width to play with. Hopefully it works out. The following picture from the last canoe will give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

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It’s a cool design and spares me the challenge of stripping half of the football, cutting a straight line and then trying to match the wood color from side to side. That said, it’s a finicky bit of work, but the end result makes it worthwhile.

So here is the football and twinned center strips that run down the length of the hull. At this point, it’s a good idea to measure the distance between the center strips and the edge of the completed hull on both sides to make sure that the space is the same. As well, this is one of the few spots where I use finishing nails to make sure the center strips don’t move as I’m stripping the football. These nails will be removed when the football is finished.

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centerNote that the two center strips are not beaded. I used a butt joint, beveled towards the bow and stern to accommodate the shape of the form. The middle of the hull is pretty flat, so no beveling was needed.

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§ 3 Responses to Starting the football

  • Hi Greybeard, I have to say I love the pattern you used to fill in the football. I hope you don’t mind if I steal the idea in a few months time when I get that far myself. Keep up the good work! John @ thewoodenboathouse. 🙂

    • rstruck says:

      Thanks for the kind words, John. It’s a cool way of doing the football, but if the center strips aren’t perfectly centered, the design quickly gets out of whack and the tips of the darker strips won’t align from side to side. Sadly, I learned this from experience. I’d love to see what you come up with!

  • […] I do both halves at the same time. This is the same technique as I used on my last canoe (see Starting the football). Apart from the finicky cuts, it enabled you to better match the color of the strips on either […]

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