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New gunwale fastening

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by merk, Oct 1, 2021.

  1. OP
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    merk

    merk Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Its done...I protected the glue line with cardboard during steaming then pulled the hot wet sleeve let the wood cool for 3 min... no loss of bend...
     
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  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Since a shortage of clamps was the original problem --

    Once the steamed and bent gunwale for one side has cooled and dried -- a day or three, depending -- the clamps can be removed. The clamps can then be put to work bending the gunwale for the other side.

    The first bent gunwale will hold its shape -- steam bending creates a permanent bend. The small bit of springback, should not interfere with installation days or weeks later, when the second gunwale is ready, if your preference is to install both at the same time. This slows the project down a negligible amount of time, but canoe restoration is generally not a project that has a rush schedule.
     
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    merk

    merk Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks greg, I followed that path and it worked well. Steaming wood is very effective. While Douglas fir was not my first choice of wood species, it went well.
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    merk

    merk Curious about Wooden Canoes

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