At it again. Everything I do now is standing on the stool. To make it a little easier I put all the stuff I need on a scrap piece of hardboard. I can move that from one end of the canoe to the other. With everything there, I don’t have to get up and down a bunch of times.
Now the hole that’s left is short enough that two strips will make the run from end to end. Sometimes I will put in two joints just to make them come out right. Either way, it’s pretty easy to make the joints. When you sand in the scarf on the strip ends, make sure to always have the cove side up and the scarf will always be on the correct side, no matter which end of the canoe you start on. This works out well because you can start on the end that makes the scarf joint end up on top. This makes it much easier to mark the cut for the next strip.
I’ve switched to spring clamps now. The gap is too small for the other kind.
Even though the joints are fairly easy to make, once in a while it just won’t happen.
I tried that joint twice and still didn’t get it tight. I could leave it like that and fill it later, but I just didn’t want to. I can use the two pieces later on so it was no big loss, just irritating. Time to stop for lunch.
After lunch I got it first try. Everything went well and I had to quit a little early because I got what I call clamp bound.
I know a couple of these clamps probably have been on long enough, but there would still be quite a few for this little area. Sounds like a good stopping point to me. I’m calling it a day.
So, there are 30 strips on each side, but they are pretty short now. The hole is just shy of 6” wide at it’s widest point. It is 6’ 6” long. I will need 5 more strips to fill in the middle. The clamps will be in the way again but it shouldn’t take too long to finish up. The last piece of wood to go in is the hardest.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
-- Jeff in central Me.