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Bending Outer Stems

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Dave Osborn, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I’m not sure how the rest of you are bending outer stems, but here are a couple photos of how I do it.
    I have a 2x4 with a hole angled back that accepts the stem and compression strap clamped to the deck.
    The compression strap is actually a carpet strip made of aluminum with holes in it to accept screws. I bent the end over at 90 degrees and attach it to the top of the stem on the top end with a small screw or ring mail and a clamp holding the strap to the bottom end.
    The whole thing goes into the steamer.
    When it comes out of the steamer the end with the 90 goes in the hole in the 2x4. The bend is then started and screws similar to drywall screws are driven through the outer stem into the inner stem.

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  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Great idea Dave.
  3. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Nice. That will get filed in the potentially useful box against the day I need to bend outer stems on a WC.
    On the all-wood boats I've done, I put the stem in a poly tube then screw the keel end in place and use the boil in the bag steam method.
  4. Blott

    Blott LOVES Wooden Canoes

    This was me doing the outer stems on my Charles River.
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  5. Gliddenwoods

    Gliddenwoods Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Dave, I like your outer stem method and have saved it to use on my restoration project. Thanks.

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