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Discussion in 'Adirondack Guideboats' started by Gary Jacuk, Feb 6, 2019.

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    Gary Jacuk

    Gary Jacuk Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Flipped it today, just to take a peek. Pretty pleased.
     

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    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Looking pretty spectacular, Gary!
     
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    Gary Jacuk

    Gary Jacuk Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Okay, so I have returned. Normal life got in the way a bit and had to get on some other chores and responsibilities, including a sick dog (he's recovering, but ask me about CBD oil and other medication). Also tried for some vacation, but said dog upset those plans......besides, why do you need to go on vacation from being retired?

    So, I've been sanding and filling, and sanding and filling on the boat. Gotten to the point where there are some pin holes that just won't take filler and it's making me goofy (goofier?) so I'm giving up and hoping the varnish will fill them up. Couple of things I would do differently that perhaps would have helped.
    First I would have cut my coves a few thousandths deeper so there was less sanding to do to get a tight joint. The sanding took out a number of screw heads and so I spent a lot of time replacing and resetting screws for the strips. Helpful hint..... a dremel tool with a small metal cutting disc allows you to cut a new slot in the screw you just sanded down so you can get it out and replace it with minimal damage.
    Second, I was so concerned about having to sand all that epoxy squeezing out of the joints that I ended up with a lot of spots to be filled where I didn't get any squeeze out at all. The joint isn't starved, but i had to do a lot of filling to level things out. I'm very tired of mixing epoxy !!!!! At least summer has arrived here in the foothills and epoxy sets up a lot faster. Close to 100 degrees today.
    Otherwise, the stems are installed and need a bit of final shaping and I'll be ready to put a protection coat of varnish on the outside, then on to the gunnels and sanding the inside, which I hope will be easier and require less filling than the outside (that flat board on the outside of a cylinder thing I mentioned earlier).
    Getting a bit impatient so I just wet down the boat to get some idea of what it will look like with varnish. Here's the pictures of the boat and one of the stems.
     

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    So I've been plugging along on the boat although progress seems a bit slow right now. Got the outside done satisfactorily and put on just one coat of varnish to protect it while I work on other stuff.

    Sanding the interior is just a chore. I've dug out every sanding tool in my arsenal, as you can see in the picture, and it's still a chore, so I started other parts and switch back and forth to keep the frustration level at a minimum. Short of finding a couple of strong backed weak minded 20 year old apprentices this will take some time. I'm reminded of the description of a baseball catchers equipment as "The tools of ignorance"........sanding tools are a close second.

    I made some cradles for the boat so I could flip it to do the aforementioned sanding and to do other stuff. I spliced some lengths of walnut for the gunwales (where did that word originate...is it something to do with mounting cannons or other armaments?) and spent some pleasant time with a sharp little block plane shaping the looooooong bevels. Presently puzzling out the best way to cut the compound angle accurately where they join the stems. Any ideas? So far I'm going with a story pole and using a luthierie technique we call "flossing" to get the final fit. Basically cutting the end of the gunwale close to final length and angle and then holding it tight to the stem and pulling a piece of sandpaper (grit to the gunwale side) between the stem and gunwale until the fit is correct. So far so good.

    P.S. Wishing the U.S. women well in today's soccer match. I finally figured out soccer is like hockey without the ice and sticks and padding, but with teeth.
     

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