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18ft OTCA Restoration

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Melthias15, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. rpg51

    rpg51 Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I assume you are going to make new decks?
  2. OP

    Melthias15 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I hadn't planned on it, most of the wood in the old ones was fine and I put in new tips (see earlier pics).
  3. OP

    Melthias15 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Time for another update.

    The filler is drying, and I moved the canoe into a greenhouse to heat it up a bit. I oiled the interior and stained the new wood with "early american"

    Once done with this, I varnished the underside of the outwales and installed them. It was a bit tricky when drilling and attaching the spliced ends to the other spliced pieces (outwale to inwale and deck), but I only had to redrill one hole.

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    The tip that was not securly attached to the stem is still unstable, but I am not going to take that canvas off at this point. I may put some epoxy in the time with some saw dust, but other than that I will be relying on the stem bands to bridge the small gap.

    I stripped and took apart the seats. They are currently back together and waiting to be caned.

    For now that is all I can do. I will have to wait until the filler and interior drys to shellac, paint, and varnish. I am using Man O War varnish and Zinsser Amber Shellac. The paint I am looking at is Duralux Marine Paint in signal red from Home Depot. Does anyone have any experience with this brand of paint or its drying time? I may be transporting it a couple of days after the last coat, but I would think that most of the straps would be on the shellac that will cover the bottom.

    Thanks for your time,

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