Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 14 Pulling Staples

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 12-29-2015 10:27 PM 2215 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From the blog title I guess you know what I’m doing today. All the hardware must go. I started with taking out the wood screws. There were, believe it or not, 195 of them. It looks better already.

I figured I would round the ends a little first. I’m tired of my shirt getting caught on them. They surely need it.

I just used a small hand saw. They don’t need to be perfect, that will come later.

And the other end.

Here is my pulling gear.

The small screwdriver I have ground the tip of. I shaped it similar to a chisel.

It’s not pretty, but I wrap it with tape so it will not mark up the cedar.

I ease it up to the staple and wiggle it under.

When I get in as far as the tape I push the handle down and this pops the staple up.

Then just grab it with the little pliers.

Many of the staples don’t go in all the way so I don’t need the screwdriver on them. It is very time consuming to me to grab each staple as I get it out so I just let them fall on the floor.

The short handle has two speaker magnets on it . They are wrapped with duct tape. I use this now and then to keep things cleaned up.

Staple pulling is kind of boring so no need for pictures of that.
Here I am all done. If you’ve been following this blog you know I used two boxes of staples. Here they are, they served their purpose and will go in the scrap metal bucket.

So, here she is. Looking better. (Dave, if you’re reading this, I finally got that ugly hardware out of your canoe)

Got to clean up this snow storm tomorrow so no update then. I hope to get at it on Thursday. See you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 11:28 PM

That looks amazing. Too bad we can’t reuse the staples on another project. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 11:54 PM

hoss, I suppose I could use them again. I’ll send them down if you’ll stick them back together for me hahaha. Thanks, buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 12:57 AM

That looks almost as boring a job as sanding Epoxy. But the boats looking better already.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 01:50 AM

English, you had to bring up that epoxy sanding, didn’t you? I’m really looking forward to it (eye roll). It is looking better, thanks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 12-30-2015 02:53 AM

Has been great following your progress. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 08:12 PM

Bobsboxes, thank you, glad you enjoy it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 12-30-2015 08:54 PM

Ha HA! When I saw the pic of the first staple being pulled I thought ... “One down, SIX MILLION to go ! ” :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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