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Is this an OT deck plate?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brad Fisher, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    This is from a 1924 Double Ender I'm restoring. The pattern doesn't look like any OT deck I've seen, but it came off as if it were original. I need to know what pattern I should use to build the replacement.
     

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It certainly doesn't look like the standard Old Town deck shape for a double end boat. The pictures below show the deck from a 1907 double end boat and the 1924 catalog. There are many other similar double ended boats shown in this forum but I didn't find any others with decks that look like yours. Are they birch as shown on the build record? That shape is more commonly associated with builders from Massachusetts like Robertson, Crandall, and Waltham. Now you can choose to replace what you found or to use the more traditional shape. Let us know what you decide,

    Benson



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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I'm leaning toward this design. I think they call it "ogee." It's on the 1920 spec page ... http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/specific.gif (I wish I'd read this before I replaced my boat's red cedar planks with white cedar!)

    Also, here's a photo from someone else's project of the same vintage. 1519635_orig.jpg
     
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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Having posted this, then reread Benson's post and photo above, I'm wondering if double enders used this ogee deck shape? I couldn't find a reference photo of a 1924 double ender that showed the decks, other than the one Benson posted above. Hard to tell, but it does look like ogee.
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The one from 1924 shown at https://www.ebay.com/itm/282691693145 has a simple curve like the one from 1907 shown previously. The double end boats typically did not have ogee shaped decks like the canoes. However, this is your project so feel free to put in any shape deck that you like. Please respond here with your decision.

    Benson
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Aha. Simple curve it is then. Good to know that the right one is also the easier one to cut. Thanks!
     

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