4638A little progress
- Sep 9, 2010Not a whole bunch to report. Ive been busy with outdoor garden work that
my wife would like to get done before winter and that means bringing back
loads of mulch in the pickup.
But I have managed to get several coats of varnish on the seat frames and
also epoxied the two decks and the gunwales. They both need careful sanding
and several coats of varnish.
I also shaped the thwart. I thought Id do the standard type thwart, but
then thought about how Id be doing a lot of solo canoeing so I decided to
fabricate a thwart shaped to nestle on my shoulders. I could never find any
exact measurements for this type of thwart but made it to fit my shoulders
and left it at that. I planed the ash to ¾ after cutting it to shape on
the band saw, then rounded the edges on the router table using a 3/8 round
over bit. A little time with the orbital sander and it was ready for an
Now that too needs several coats of varnish.
The canoe sprang out a bit when removed from the frames and does not have
much tumblehome in the middle at the moment. I may just leave it like that
and put the thwart in as is, rather than pull it in to the called for beam
width in order to gain a bit of stability. Like Ive said, having a stable
canoe is all my wife wants. She couldnt care less about maximizing drag
and glide. I need to flip the canoe upside down to see if the slightly
wider beam has affected the rocker. If it has not, Ill go ahead and fit
the thwart to the hull. If the rocker had diminished to the point of going
negative, Ill pull the hull in to the proper beam and fit the thwart to
hold it there.
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