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cutting scarf joint

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Craig Johnson, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    simple set up for cutting scarf joint,bottom one already done.

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  2. jdm6593

    jdm6593 Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for sharing this Craig. Looks like a good setup. I assume you have one hand pushing the blade against the guide block to minimize blade flexing(?). What is the inwale material? I would expect the blade to track something soft like spruce, but I wonder about cherry or ash. It must take a very light touch starting out. I've been thinking about something similar on our Rushton for the stem ends, but I'm mainly concerned about all of the hidden rusted off fasteners.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
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    Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Hi Joe.
    Inwale is mahogany, blade tracked fine, just don't rush it. Definitely want to make sure all hardware is accounted for first, blades aren't cheap.
  4. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member

    Nice set up. It beats my eyeball method! The wedge gives you a nice guide surface on which to align a pull stroke saw.
  5. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Very cool idea!
  6. Rollin Thurlow

    Rollin Thurlow member since 1980

    If you cut the splice so the feather edge is on the rib side, PA250236.JPG it makes it much easier to clean up the splice joint. Having the feather edge end on the rib also helps support the tip of the rail as it is planed or sanded.
  7. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Craig, do you ever wonder what we did before we could pull a saw with a thin kerf? They do an amazing job. Just wish i could find a nice bronze plane that didnt cost an arm and a leg! I did buy my bronze iron from Rollin tho, have to splurge once in a while....

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