Sunday, August 24, 2014

Remodeling the canoe for the upcoming season - Part 5

Jay is back at it with another report from the shop. He has sanded down all of the thwarts and the seat and will let these cure for another week to start varnish. He also did some final shaping of the inwales and prepped them for installation.  He made sure the fit was perfect at bow and stern.

Blue tape was applied to the original screw holes to prevent the thickend epoxy from oozing out on to the hull.

More paper and more tape:

Grabbing every clamp at the shop a total of 71 used per side! The amount was too much and he had to use a 25lb weight to keep the canoe from tipping over.

It all held after he let them set overnight. I never doubted it for a moment!

The process was repeated for the outwales.  Not before making sure the tapered fit was perfect before installation at both bow and stern.

The same process of clamping and fitting for the outwales that was done for the inwales was repeated per side:

He started to varnish the seats and thwarts, the warmth of the golden color is going to look beautiful!

The outwales are attached and now the process of placing the decks and drilling the holes for the seat and thwarts begins.

Jay attaches the deck with  hot glue to hold the piece in place. He will then be able to drill over the counterbore. He told me that the hot glue formula he uses has good bonding strength but low shear strength. When he is finally ready to fit the deck, he removes the screws and taps the deck with a mallet it will pop right out. He will then clean off the glue and epoxy and screw it as a finished

All the seats, thwarts are now drilled after he measured and measured and measured. He only had one chance to drill and it had to be in the right spot. He has more patience than me!

Today he was working on the seat webbing and trying to get the right location before stapling it to the seat.

Stay tuned for next weeks report :-)

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