A lot has happened since the last post. I decided that rather than posting after every strip, I would post when we trimmed off the planks extending over the centre line part.
We have to start trimming the ends so we can fit two strips at a time:
We are getting to the point of having to fit the strips or try a different technique.
This is the last time we will put a strip on each side of the canoe at the same time.
The strips begin to overlap each other, so we trim to fit. The strip on the West side has been trimmed to allow the East side strip to fit.
A few quick photos of the strips going on:
While I wait for Paul to finish work, I decide to glue in the bow and stern strips.
There are four strips of equal length to be glued onto the canoe for each ¾” of the recurve.
These strips are relatively easy to fit…there is no twist in the hull here.
At this point, I have to undo the screws holding the forms together….I will be unable to reach them later.
I continue to add strips.
At this point, I decide to glue the strips together and then glue a block of four to the canoe.
The block of four strips going on:
Glueing a block at a time is a lot quicker.
I used clamps and strips to keep the strips even. RECURVE FILLED!!!!
With that done, time for strip two, East side:
I number the strips to keep track of them and insure that we can “Bookmatch” the West side of the canoe.
We have stripped the canoe over the keel line. Time to let the glue dry thoroughly.
In order to find the centre line of the keel, Paul, using a 5o grit sanding belt, sands the stem pieces to shape so we can take a centre point from the bow and stern.
We stretch a string between two centred finishing nails.
We use a ruler to transfer the line to the canoe.
We are at a bit of a loss as how to trim the strips to the line, but, Paul decides to use the dremel tool with a cutting disk.
With a little skill and working slowly the end results are good.
To Recap, 49 rows of strips a side. 20 strips left to go on the West side of the canoe.
Next steps? Strip out the West side. I will post again then.