Steamy

by Steve on August 30, 2009

More work on the Old Town this weekend, fired up the steam box and started bending replacement ribs plus the ends of the inwales so I won’t have to wrestle them into place.  First I have to get a few good ribs in place so I have something to attach the new inwales to.  The ribs get bent on the outside of the hull 2 spots over from where they will be installed on the inside, this takes into account the thickness of the planking (close enough).

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AVCM T N Cantrell (Ret86) August 31, 2009 at 6:48

I’ve put this url as a shortcut on my desktop-check first, every morning. My grandsons are beyond totally fascinated by your last stream of construction pix. Considered a detailed ‘How To’ blog thread with more background on tools and history? Thanks from NM. 88101

Steve August 31, 2009 at 8:10

T.N., I occasionally do individual posts such as this to remind readers about the Old Town project which has it’s own page (link in the right-hand column). I update the page every time I do anything to the boat. Unfortunately updating a page doesn’t generate any new feed so if people don’t know to manually check it, they won’t know there’s anything new there. The owner and one of his sons were over yesterday to get some hands-on for a Cub Scout badge he’s working towards so I can appreciate your grandsons’ interest!

The most important thing I learned from attending the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association’s annual Assembly was there is no single right way of building/restoring a canoe. Running at a close second was the fact that this particular boat wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. I saw several “fixer-uppers” in worse shape and a finely finished boat that had been broken in half.

One concept that was difficult for me after years of measured woodworking spent seeking perfectly square, symmetrical corners was the “fair curve or line”. On my first boat I attempted to pull measurements off the form and duplicate them exactly on the hull. Accurate reference points were difficult to find and I ended up with some errors that resulted in not so pleasing lines. I would have been better off pulling the sides into their correct position by eye and then taking the necessary measurements for length of thwarts etc. Boat building has it’s share of special tools and jigs but an eye for lines is by far the most important! It’s more of an art than a science.

Kath August 31, 2009 at 18:38

The steambox? Should I guess that the name just basically says it all?? (Yes, you’re allowed to say, Duh, Kath.)

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