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Methods for Cambering Solid Wood Decks?

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by algale, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. algale

    algale Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Has anyone got tips or tricks for getting a smooth radius/camber into solid wood decks?
  2. Denise MsWdnBoat

    Denise MsWdnBoat Breaker of tradition

    If you mean the curve of the deck with the rise to the stem? To get a crown to the gunnels We set it in drilled and set the screws. drew a line along the edge showing.. took them out and did most of the work off the canoe then final sanding of the the gunnels and decks made it all very pretty
    Just dropped her down from the ceiling time to get new canvas but just can't seem to find time.

    We tried bending mahogany boards, cracked like crazy (can't seem to find green mahogany) Finally I just picked up some 2" thick and the band saw make short work of that!
  3. OP

    algale Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Sorry I wasn't specific. Crown side to side.
  4. Jim Dodd

    Jim Dodd LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I crown mine slightly.
    I see two ways to do this.
    Assemble the deck by gluing up beveled pieces, like a old Oak whiskey barrel, or do like I do, start with 5/4" thick stock. Make sure the bottom of the deck is even with the bottom of the gunnel, and the excess is above the shear.
    I rough bevel on a belt sander, before fitting, and finish after installing the gunnels.

    I'll try and get a better pic posted soon.

  5. Denise MsWdnBoat

    Denise MsWdnBoat Breaker of tradition

    the single best tool for this is the spoke shave make sure its razor sharp. They work best when you pull rather then push. When working curves, come in from the ends to the center so you don't get tear out
  6. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Joe steamed his decks, they were/are curved both side to side and front to back.

    The "problem" with carving them out of thick stock is the grain doesn't look right, ie, where material is removed, different growth layers are exposed.

  7. Denise MsWdnBoat

    Denise MsWdnBoat Breaker of tradition

    Not a problem I've ever seen in such a slight crown Dan. Mahogany doesn't have much of a grain showing like oak or ash either. Too too many ways to make a breasthook (deck) on a canoe. strips, straight, herringbone,or horizontal pyramid like, coopered as Jim mentioned, I like book matched by re-sawing the plank then joining them in the middle. I see choices more then problems :)

    the deck on canoe in the photo was not cut from 2" stock it was a 5/4 board if I remember right. On the Old Town HWs we restored the decks were curved quite a bit. We all chose our battles when working wood :)
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2015

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