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Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Red Merle, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. OP
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    Red Merle

    Red Merle Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks!

    Yeah, those are going to be a fly in the ointment. Those tacks were placed by the previous person that installed the new stems and some of them were loose when I removed the old canvas. I thought I had them all tightened back up but it was a rookie mistake to not just remove them and replace them with the ring type tacks. Once I started tacking into the stem, they started to come loose again. It's too late now to do anything about it but I am sure they will expedite a new canvas earlier than it it would have been if I set them right with the right fasteners. Oh well, it's a 106 years old and I plan on paddling the boat extensively so it just doesn't pay to rip this all off and start over. The canvas should prevent the tacks from being able to back all the way out, but if that does happen, I will do it over.

    I was able to get two coats of the filler on before I ran out and then I used a canvas scrap to burnish it out to a fairly smooth finish. Just ordered another 1/2 gallon of filler and I am planning on trying to thin the last coat by 10% and apply it with a foam roller and then do a final sanding once it's cured. I think it looks pretty good, overall but you can see the wood filler buttons in some spots but I am not sure how I could have gotten all of those out without botching the cedar. Hoping some of the imperfections come out with the final filler coat and then wet sanding and primer.
     

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  2. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    Ahhh... It's really hard to understand what you can get away with and can't. I'll always be figuring this stuff out.
     
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    Red Merle

    Red Merle Curious about Wooden Canoes

    That's how you learn!
     
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    Red Merle

    Red Merle Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Getting further along. I sprayed the Kirby Paint with a nice new gun from Harbor Freight. I think it looks pretty OK, especially since this is a paddler, not a museum piece.

    I am getting the outwales sorted right now. There was some damage and the PO was a little aggressive with the sanding and they were thin and broken in a few spots. I just used epoxy mixed with sawdust and fiberglass patching on the back side where needed. Looks fine, but you will be able to see it's been repaired a little but most of the work will be hidden.

    Should have it back together next weekend.
     

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