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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double (WDD) #9: Stitching the Hull Together

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 06-26-2020 03:39 AM 460 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Beveling the Panel Edges Part 9 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double (WDD) series Part 10: Stitching the Rest of the Boat »

Dry Fitting Steps
At this stage the panels were ready for assembly. First the hull is stitched together with copper wire. Almost all of the holes are pre-drilled by the CNC machine…amazing! Second, the deck is stitched together. Third, the deck and hull are dry fitted to each other to ensure a good fit. Fourth, the deck and hull are tacked with thickened epoxy and dry fitted together as the epoxy cures to make sure they fit together properly when final glued.

Dry Fitting the Hull
We begin with dry fitting the lower hull panels.

The lower panels of the hull are stitched together along the keel line.

The bow and stern bulkheads and a temporary form in the middle are stitched in to give the hull its shape.

The side panels are stitched in next. View of the forward bulkhead.

View of the temporary form.

View of the stern bulkhead.

Here’s the hull after an evening of stitching. Notice that everything is stitched loosely at this point. We’ll tighten things up later.

Next
Stitching the rest of the boat.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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#1 posted 06-26-2020 10:43 AM

Interesting build!

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#2 posted 06-26-2020 02:04 PM

Thanks! Building these kits is a lot of fun and paddling them later is even better…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 06-26-2020 02:18 PM

This is a fine looking little boat and you are doing a very conscientious construction. You deserve more comments. :-)
Good luck with it and enjoy your time in the shop and on the water.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 06-26-2020 02:30 PM

Thanks! Blogging these bigger projects “live” helps me think through the steps as I go.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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