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Deck Construction Detail On "old Town"

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brad Posey, May 20, 2018.

  1. Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    Looking for the detail on the convergence of the Stem, in wales and the deck plate.
    There wasn't enough left on my 1926, for me to be sure of the structure. Can't find any pics with out the brass guard to be able to see the top detail.
    [​IMG]This is not an old town, but I think it is the same, I Hope. Appreciate input
    Thanks
    Brad
     

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    Thanks Benson
     
  4. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    The inwales on Old Towns are tapered and run past the tip of the deck. They mate over the top of the stem. Two small iron nails were driven through the sides of the inwales into the top of the stem. Simple as that.
     
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  5. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Here are a couple photos. Like Fitz said, just a couple finish nails through inwales to stem. I use a couple stainless steel finish head screws instead. The wider stem tip from the splice gives a little more contact area and more room for screws. DSC00184.jpeg DSC00188.jpeg DSC00189.jpeg
     

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    Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    Those photos are exactly what i was after. I like the splice that you used, good surface to work with.
     
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    Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    Craig Johnson, I'm looking at your spliced inwales. Did you steam bend them to shape before attaching them?
     
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    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

  9. Michael Graessle

    Michael Graessle Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Speaking of bending the inwales, I soaked and steamed my inwales and bent them. However, I did not bend them far enough for the couture of my deck. Is it possible to re-soak and bend them again?
     
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    Brad Posey

    Brad Posey An Old Man with a New Project

    Just did the same. I over bent, but wasn't enough. I'll recut the form, re-soak/steam and rebend. I think it best the let dry for longer than you would think, 4 or 5 days.
     
  11. Michael Graessle

    Michael Graessle Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Brad, I will let it dry this week and recut my forms. I just hope the mahogany holds out. It is very hard to bend.
     

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