Rails and Paint

by Steve on February 8, 2009

It was a nice day to work on the canoe.  You could almost feel spring around the corner.  Been a while since I did any real work on it – had to let the filler cure out you know.

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Last week I milled the outer rails from some mahogany stock.  I used the steam box on one end of the pair last night and bent them in place on the canoe.  I’m not sure the steam did any good, mahogany isn’t the best wood to bend, but it couldn’t hurt.  Rather than take the rails back off to put the opposite end in the box I steamed them in place using the PVC pipe.

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Clamps….

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Lots of them…

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Even had to get a little creative with them.

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It was a little stressful taking the belt sander to the rails.  This step gets both rails and the ends of the ribs smooth and level.

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Back in the garage for the first coat of Endeavour Blue…

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Don’t worry, Precious – it’s much darker than this photo suggests.  Plus at least two more coats to go – it will get darker.

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{ 5 comments }

ManlyDad February 9, 2009 at 1:10

Wow. Looking really, really good. I always thought of a canoe as, well, just a canoe. Seeing the degree of labor and skill that goes into them, I have much greater appreciation!

AVCM T.N.Cantrell February 9, 2009 at 7:50

Wow! I and my grandsons are blown away like a Tomcat in zone five. You have made many moments better just letting us see the process unfold. Going to put up some small video clips of the christening and first launch? Please?

Kath February 9, 2009 at 15:51

That is sooooo fabulous!! Have no idea how long this takes to do, but this end result must definitely be worth it.

Definitely pictures, if not video, of the first launch.

Very, very impressive, sir.

LarryW February 12, 2009 at 9:54

Wow, Steve – good show. I am in awe of the almost finished canoe! I can only accomplish that in my dreams….I can see you using those for years and years and smiling all the way down the river.

Steve February 12, 2009 at 22:50

Paddle faster, Larry, I hear banjo music!

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