Prospector Sailing Canoe Build

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Gunwales

Fitted the second Inwale which I steamed for an hour (1 hour per inch of timber) it bent up to the right curve much better so I wont need to scribe in any timber on top to support the breasthook. Fitted the Outwales to complete the Inwales and plugged the holes, the stock was short so I had to scarf in a little piece at the end but I did not have any matching timber so I had to rip down some scrap on my table saw, this was heart wood so not matching but I actually like the contrast. The whole structure is a lot stronger (I even did a drop test off the trestles!!! landed with a bit of a crack but no damage done)

Bending up the Outwale

Tricky Clamping

Pluging screw holes


4 Comments:

  • Very nice looking canoe. In spite of feeling like you've made mistakes - I think you will have a canoe to be proud of.

    ? Are you scarfing your gunwales in place? Just a question. I've always scarfed them together before placing them on the canoe.

    the last four or five years, I've been using a new method of "steaming," after many years of using a steam box (or pipe). I wrap a towel around my board, and pour boiling water over it. The towel retains the heatnad moisture, and the board doesn't go dry on you - as it does with the steam box. I've had good success with this method for toboggans, snowshoes, and canoes.

    PG

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:36 am  

  • PG thanks for your comments,

    I did scarf the gunwales in place, I did not really think about doing them before I fitted them, I suppose I did it like I was fitting skirting board! Next time I may try as you suggest, I will probably use a longer scarf to provide more surface area for glue and a constant curve in the timber

    I will also try you steaming method, the advantage of my steam pipe was that I could get on with other tasks whilst they were cooking but I did find that you don’t have very long to work the timber after you have taken it out, next time I would build a mould and see if I can set the timber, do you have any experience of this?

    Regards

    By Blogger Dano, at 10:58 am  

  • Such a great article which Fitted the second Inwale which It can steamed for an hour it bent up to the right curve much better so It wont need to scribe in any timber on top to support the breasthook. Fitted the Outwales to complete the Inwales and plugged the holes, the stock was short so It had to scarf in a little piece at the end but It did not have any matching timber so It would rip down some scrap on my table saw, this was heart wood so not matching but It actually like the contrast. Thanks for sharing this article.

    By Anonymous Scott, at 5:21 pm  

  • That was a wonderful and perfect canoe that was made. I wonder if how much would it cost me if having that one at home.

    By Anonymous Jake, at 3:31 pm  

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