Another rainy day in North Vancouver. Paul is home so we decide to put on a couple of strips.
Since the last post, I put on two strips without Paul…Do not want the project to “stall”
The way we put a strip on is to apply the glue, place the strip in place, clamp one end and then use a piece of strip to “seat” the incoming strip to the strip already there. The job is much easier with two!
We then put a piece of painter’s tape on to hold the two strips together. The glue does not need high pressure or heat to set.
At some points, the “bead” does not fit into the “cove” perfectly, the bead or the cove being slightly off-centre. To keep the strips aligned together we use a spring clamp to hold the two strips in alignment.
Once you get two strips on, its gets harder to clamp them in place….
When we are satisfied, we hot-melt glue the strips to the forms. The hot-melt glue will hold well enough and long enough for us to get all of the strips on.
Where the canoe has a reverse curve in, I use a clamp to hold the strips to the form.
The more strips we put on, the easier it is to hot-melt glue or clamp the strips to the form. The “cove” of the previous strip helps to hold the “bead” of the next strip in place.
We use the “J” clamps to hold the strips in place while we install them. The also help to bend the strips to the form. We are careful not to let the “J” clamps snap back and hit our hands.
The “J” clamp on the East side of the canoe is on a spring clamp being used to hold the bead and cove together and to help the strip conform to the curve of the form.
We put on two strips this morning and hope to put on two more this afternoon.
Paul does not want to “staple” the strips in place, aiming for a clear finish on the canoe. No unsightly staple holes. It seems as if we can only get two strips on at a time because it gets too hard to clamp them in place and keep the strips in alignment.
That is nine strips so far…It looks as if we are half-way to the start of the keel line.
Getting closer every time,
Happy paddling to you,