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Gaps in Planking

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Coanbu, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Coanbu

    Coanbu Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have just started cleaning out the canoe I pulled out of my parents barn to start fixing it up. It needs the ends fixed up and a few planks but not too much. There are quite a lot of gaps in the planking though. What are the best ways to address this?
     

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  2. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Well, the "best" way is to do nothing.
    They are not a problem when you put new canvas with filler and paint over the outside.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Coanbu

    Coanbu Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I do like problems I don't have to fix.
     
  4. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    One of the last canoes I restored suffered from the hands of a wanna-by restorer who felt he had to use plastic wood to fill all the gaps in the planking as well as all the other holes, chips & gouges that the canoe had accumulated. He must have used a putty knife to cram it in, and in doing so he left a thin layer of the stuff all over. It had all turned yellow with age; hard as a rock and ugly as hell. And a bitch to remove. As has been suggested - leave your canoe as it is. Do clean it well though.
     

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