Snowblower balked up yesterday so this morning I had to drag it into the shop and get it running, so a late start on the canoe. I did get to it though. Today is iron the canoe day. As in, iron, like this.
You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of staple holes, and some really bad screw holes. I’m going to try to make them look a little better.
Sorry, another quick story. I was taking my wife to visit her father in Caribou. On the way up we came across a lawn sale. I’ll tell you this, when you encounter a lawn sale, in Aroostook County, in the Hainsville Woods, and it’s snowing, you have to stop at that sale. I’m glad I did. This iron was there and priced at one dollar. The guy told me to plug it in in the garage. I did and it got hot quickly. End result….. shop iron. It’s an oldie too, look at that cord.You don’t see those anymore.
OK, back to the job. A bowl of water and a big rag.
These holes are pretty bad.
I squeeze out just enough water so that it doesn’t drip on the way to the canoe. And here we go.
Looks better already.
You will want to iron very slowly and get it quite hot. Some of the screw holes will fill in but not the worst ones. These bad screw holes get what I call a pre-treatment. I take a small bottle and squeeze out just a drop of water. Then, touch the water drop to the hole and the water goes right in. A couple of drops per hole will usually do the trick.
After putting water in the holes I iron them also. It took about an hour and a half to do the whole thing but it’s worth it to shrink the holes. It does look better.
Here is a spot where I thought the drill was in reverse but it wasn’t. Pretty big hole. A couple drops of water, and an ironing, and it’s not too bad.
Here is where a row of staples was put into the station. Came out good.
I was ironing along and hit a bump, oops.
Here’s one more example.
Enough of that. Time to shape the bow and stern. They don’t look very good right now.
I’ll start with this end.
I like to use a Surform.
Start by rounding the ends down. This will give you shape, and it makes the end flat.
Now do the sides. They need to be smoothed and shaped toward the flat end.
When you are done with the sides you round them into the end. That is why you need the ends flat, so it is easier to make them round later. Round ends are easier to fiberglass.
That’s it for this end.
Here’s the other end, before and after.
It does look better with the holes smaller.
I need to do one quick touch up before I call it a day. There is a spot on the top where the strips laid over that you can see the cove side of one strip.
I took a scrap piece of canoe strip and sliced off a part of the bead side. Don’t need much.
Put plenty of glue in the space and put in the piece.
There is no place to clamp it so tape will do.
This last picture I took just special for my lumberjock buddy, JoeinGa. I got on the floor for this shot so Joe would know for sure that this is a canoe not a torpedo. Hahaha, hope you like it Joe.
That’s it for this one. Not sure if I will get to it tomorrow, if not I will update on Saturday.
-- Jeff in central Me.