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Canvassing A Square Stern

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Dave Osborn, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    The question of canvassing a square stern comes up from time to time. I documented what I did. This is an upside down stretch.
    I think the photos are pretty self explanatory, but basically I stretch the canvas across the hull from gunwale to gunwale for 2-3 ribs just in front of the transom. Then put in cheater staples around the transom to hold the canvas temporarily. I put a clamp on the transom to attach it for stretching. Then clamp the bow end as you normally would do when stretching. Stretch as you would normally, watching to be sure that you are not tearing out at the transom.
    Once the stretch is done, tack or staple the canvas along the gunwales as you normally would.
    Then trim the canvas at the transom to leave about 1/2” too long. Take that extra length and fold it under to be even with the face of the transom. With a syringe lay in a bead of bedding compound or sealer of some kind (I use Sika 291) under the fold and staple it down.
    When that’s all done you can pull the cheaters, remove the tension and finish the bow.
    If you are working on a boat that has a trim piece around the transom, you can do it the same way, but attach your canvas directly to the transom under where the trim goes.

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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2021
  2. Shari Gnolek

    Shari Gnolek Have dog, will paddle

    Super helpful! Thanks for all the images and documenting this so well.
  3. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Oneida Silver?
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    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Mike, it could be Oneida! Or maybe Gorham!
    I used a tongue depressor to push the fold under, but in some spots I needed to get a bit of purchase on the canvas to push it in, thus the little silver fork.
    I once took a class on lost wax silver casting and the fork was “silver stock” that didn’t get melted down.
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  5. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    "Honey, we're having guests over and we seem to be missing silverware......" too funny. Whatever works.
    That's a real good post for anyone doing a square stern.
    I'm hoping to keep my Thompson going for a few more years. It's going on 70 years and still in great shape. It's amazing how long a canvas can last.
    I'll steal a few forks from the silverware drawer in anticipation of the eventuality.
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    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

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