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Removing old tacks

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Louis Michaud, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Louis Michaud

    Louis Michaud LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Maybe I'm the last one to find out about this tip...
    Removing old tacks without damaging the surrounding wood, plank or rib, gets a lot easier when the wood is wetted out with warm water. The varnish has been stripped beforehand. The brittle wood becomes very supple and elastic. I've seen it absorb a lot of deformation with the withdrawal of a twisted tack and come right back. A lot less broken splinters, chips and craters. To my glass eye, the amount of damage seems to reduced by 80%... :cool:


    Louis Michaud
  2. dboles

    dboles LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Dave Lanthier at his shop im Kamloops.The topic of tack removal came up.Thought I would show off my technique and prowess at tack removal with side cutters.On a hull that had to have a rib removed I reached out with the cutters and struggled with a tack.Dave had his favourite tool in his hand by then and said Like this and out whipped a tack.I said no like this and struggled with another Oh you mean like this and out came another and another. Amazing ...gotta get me one of those tools. A smallish straight sided nail puller
  3. OP
    Louis Michaud

    Louis Michaud LOVES Wooden Canoes

    "smallish straight sided nail puller"

    Picture ?

    A small cat's paw works for me:,43456,43399

    I have filed a small "V" notch in the wide flat end so it can be used as a tack puller. The wide area prevents crushing the wood when prying the tack out. The thin edge allows it to get under the tack head easily.


    Louis Michaud
  4. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood


    My secret is out. I have sharpened the claws on mine.

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