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Final stage of strip restoration - need some guidance please

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Tim Doherty, Apr 21, 2020.

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    Tim Doherty

    Tim Doherty Curious about Wooden Canoes


    The value is in the character and I take a responsibility to the heritage of this canoe/builder . I've never had illusions of this being a work of art, but to me its important that I do the best possible work I can. This is accomplished with the like minded folks I have meet on this site and others. I appreciate that you have not heard of Ross Ellery or possibly other regional builders . Possibly someone will be fortunate enough to collect one of yours in the future and will care enough to restore it, respecting the canoe/builder . " I found this old Lindberg canoe and want to learn all I can and restore it " .

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    Tim Doherty

    Tim Doherty Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello Todd,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I will post pictures later this week of the Keel and hopefully the completed canoe.

  3. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Thanks for the reply Todd, again, I was just curious.
    Please do post some pics as you progress with the restore.

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    Tim Doherty

    Tim Doherty Curious about Wooden Canoes

    A short update ,
    > Two applications of West System 105/207 epoxy down the keel line.
    > Two applications of Interlux 96 to exterior and out wales. aprox 16.3 oz (weight/mass)
    > I intend to let this cure fully before one application of varnish to the interior.
    > I have not applied the stem bands as of yet. I have found a brass stock that is .5" wide and .125 thick. I found it to be very difficult to form/bend to the stem profiles. I'm thinking this brass has an alloy that stiffens it. Does anyone have experience with annealing brass to soften it ?

    I'm very satisfied with the finish to date. a few pics attached. Including what I woke up to on May 8th! 20200508_072825.jpg 20200513_114029.jpg
  5. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac In Memoriam

    I'm no metalworking expert, but I had to fit the wide brass stemband to a White canoe. To make the old stemband more flexible, ?malleable? I heated it with a Bernzomatic propane torch, then quenched in water. That definitely softened the brass. It took many dozens, hundreds, of small taps with a small hammer to get the proper shape, but it eventually happened.

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