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Knocked a big hole in my canoe. Procedures to fix it??

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by woody, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    There is one main strip that runs all along the center of this boat. that is destroyed. the fiberglass is cracked around it.
    check out the pics.

    i know i could just slap a patch cloth over the holes after some basic sanding. but the thing will visibly have a gap where no wood can be seen.

    what should i do? cut it into a square and add wood in there? then epoxy the cloth on it? or what


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    the inside piece of wood, not the actual strips, is ok. but its hard to work with cause its pretty much held down with epoxy

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  2. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Best bet is generally to feather out the fiberglass around the hole with a sander, making sure to get rid of any delaminated glass. Then cut the broken areas of strips out, replace them with new wood (butt joints are fine). Getting a bomb-proof glue bond between strips isn't critical, since most of the strength will be the fiberglass, but the neater and stronger the core work is, the better. Once the new wood is faired in and smooth, re-glass the area (a couple layers of 6 oz/ is usually plenty) overlapping the old glass by a couple of inches. Fill over it with additional coats of resin, sand it smooth and varnish it.
     
  3. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thank you that's exactly what I'll do. I talked with my autobody neighborthis mornmorning. He said dang near the exact thing. I'll post up pics
     
  4. Steve Ambrose

    Steve Ambrose Nut in a Canoe

    That's a scary hood you have in the background!
     
  5. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    heres my progress so far.

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  6. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Steve I like the scary side of life, it reflects in my truck, and somehow i think that this hole in the canoe is proof too. Ya next time Ill avoid rapids in this canoe. Whoops.

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    i love that skull camo!
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2010
  7. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have been taking pics of most of my progress. Ya I'm new to this forum, but not forums
    I'd like to at least contribute to this site since I like it. :cheers:

    So I had this split in the 1/2 x 1/2 piece that basically held the strips together when I built it. So I figure its critical. I didn't snap a pic, but I glued it and had an elaborate mirage of clamps holdin it all down. Then I carefully fit in strip pieces in place of where they once were in place of this hole I carved out. Here is that pic. The small gaps I later mixed sawdust with glue to only fill the void as that method really has no strength holding ability.


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  8. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    then I clamped it all down.

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  9. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    i slapped a sheet of fiberglass on the inside to hold it all down.
    i changed from my original plan of building a base under this repair.
    my lack of tools and supplies hinders this step.

    i have all the tools in the world to fix any motorvehicle but no wood tools. ( i borrowed the clamps)

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  10. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    i sure hope this helps someone out along the lines and that im not aimlessly posting this crap that nobody will use or appreciate... :D
     
  11. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Looks like it'll be a solid repair. And no, it's not crap that nobody will ever care about. People in this org do a lot of canoe repairs, and any process can lead to new ideas. Having this one well-documented will be a great resource!
     
  12. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    There are a lot of folks who read the posts and look at the pictures, but who have nothing to add... you are providing a valuable service! The "search" function can be used by anyone with a similar problem, and your solution will appear... and continue to be helpful.

    Kathy
     
  13. Nutkin

    Nutkin Canoodler

    Thanks for posting the photos, it helps to see other ways to skin a cat, and saves some of us from re-inventing the wheel.:D
     
  14. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    thanks for the support fellas.

    i have done more work and documented it with pics.

    i ended up doing more work to it than just the repair.

    i will post up my progress later on
     
  15. OP
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    woody

    woody Curious about Wooden Canoes

    after fitting and sanding down the new pieces, it was time for glass and resin.

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    i cut two sections. the smaller one i applied first then i applied the large one. i did it in one shot and did not wait for the first one to cure.

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    this fiberglass cloth is not pretty or fun to work with.
    to complete the job i sanded down the edge of the cloth cause it was so evident it was there. a large seam almost in the side. i dont like it.

    after feathering the edges real good i used a brush to layer on more resin. and hopefully no drips!

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    done :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2010
  16. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Them's character marks -- wear 'em proudly!
     

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