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Quick Question On Gunnel Screws.

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by monkitoucher, May 22, 2018.

  1. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    I get the impression that #8s are typically used. The screws that came off of my 22 OT look like they are 1.5" X 10s. Does this sound right?
  2. Rod Tait (Orca Boats)

    Rod Tait (Orca Boats) Designer/Builder

    On most canoe that I have restored, #8 was the norm. Maybe the #8s were not holding anymore so someone upsized to #10
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  3. OP

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    That's what I was thinking too. Thank you for your response.

    BTW- I really have to commend you on your videos. I've watched them several times.
  4. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    If in fact they have upsized to #10s, coat a hardwood golf tee in glue or epoxy and tap it in. Pilot when dry, and you are away to the races with #8s
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  5. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    Older Old Towns , before diamond head bolts were used in 1920-1922, almost always used #10 screws. The inwales were somewhat larger than the later inwales.
  6. OP

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    Thanks, Gil.

    This makes a lot of sense to me. Mine is a 1922 w/o the diamond head bolts. It didn't look like the gunnels were ever taken off of her. There were 4 smaller screws holding down the tips. And those looked pretty consistent.

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