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Finished :)

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by samb, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    A bit of advice, a bit of thinking, a bit of work and lots of varnish change this


    into this


    Full story can be found here

    Thanks to all who helped in anyway

  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Just a bit of a metamorphosis... Nice!
  3. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan

    What a great story, Sam.

    Amazed at the lengths to which you went to preserve this historic vessel. "Boil in a bag" stem bending- neat idea.
    Have you had it on water yet? I'd be interested to know how waterproof the repairs are.

    Looks teriific and thanks for sharing.

  4. alick burt

    alick burt LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Nice one Sam

    See you at the launch :)

  5. OP

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Had it briefly on the water - one area that needed proper attention, others that I think will stop leaking after a while in the water. We'll know properly a week on Sunday

  6. OP

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Bring a sponge - just in case :)
  7. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Indeed...a sponge is a wooden canoe essential....along with duct tape, ambroid cement and a PFD.
    I can recall several maiden voyages (pre-repair) where the water sloshing from side to side seemed like it would take the boat over into the drink..oh yeah... bring a flask of good bourbon whiskey along for a shore celebration after you make it back.
  8. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan

    Definitely Duct tape, PFD and sponge but may not agree with you about the Bourbon- Scotch or Beer more appropriate in my case!
    And Ambroid Cement- what has replaced that now?

  9. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Ambroid was basically nitro-cellulose material dissolved in acetone and/or other solvents. Duco cement (aka model airplane glue), made by Devcon, is a very similar product, and should perform similarly. It has the advantages of being one part, relatively quick to dry, easily undone (acetone will dissolve it), and water resistant -- waterproof for all practical purposes. It's not a particularly strong glue, except when gluing certain plastics, when its solvents will soften the plastic and essentially weld the plastic as the solvent evaporates. It can still be effective for small patches to canvas -- but for temporary or emergency repairs, duct tape will often be more useful.
  10. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan

    Aha!Good to know.

    I am a model builder and use various hot and cool glues, cements, adhesives etc. for styrene, resin, brass but have never come across Duco. And i know that most of the glues i use won't hold canvas...

    I'll track down a tube and throw it in the repair kit- the last of my ambroid has dried up in the tube!
  11. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Duco is now made by Devcon -- should be available in any hardware store or hobby or craft shop.


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