After the sanding

April 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

I’ve often thought that canoe building is 30% building and 70% sanding. This might be an exaggeration, but that’s certainly how it feels. For obvious reasons, I didn’t blog about sanding the inside of the fiberglassed hull, because it’s as boring to read about as it is to do.

But now we’re into some interesting stuff.

In previous builds, I brought the inner gunwale all the way to the inner stems. It’s a finicky piece of business, getting the stems to meet neatly while making sure that the gunwale doesn’t end up too short with all the curving it does and all of the adjusting the builder does. And so, I came across a picture of a deck (credit to the builder when I find the picture again) where the inner gunwale fits neatly into notches in the deck. Rather than installing the inner gunwales and then wedging the deck into the resulting triangle, I first installed the deck and then put in the gunwales. The result looks as follows:deck installed

Not only does it look pretty interesting, but it’s also a lot easier to install the gunwales.

Aside from the deck and inner gunwales, the outer gunwales and the bulkheads are now also installed.

In the last post, I mentioned that I drilled holes in the hull to indicate where the forms indicated the sheer. These holes come in handy when positioning the outer gunwale.

In this case, I set a concrete nail into the hole to brace the gunwale against as I bent it up to the tips of the canoe. nail

So, plans for the weekend include getting rid of the excess that extends above the gunwales, and installing the seats and the yoke. Then flipping the boat and… sigh… more sanding ahead of varnishing.

That’s it for now.

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