Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 30 Fairing The Inside

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 02-02-2016 11:56 PM 1728 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s time to fair the inside of the hull. Due to the shape it is never an easy job. I have some different things to try. First is an ulu.

This was given to me by a good friend. He made it using an old tablesaw blade. Actually, he made it for us to use in the kitchen. I guess my wife and I are too old to change. We just couldn’t get used to this over a regular knife. When I was making the last canoe I needed something to fair the inside curve and thought of this ulu. It matches the curve perfectly. I keep the outer edges sharp to use like a chisel. The center of the cutting edge I flattened with a file. Then I used my burnisher to roll a burr, and use it like a card scraper.

My father loaned me his detail sander.

I’m not sure the detail sander will be aggressive enough to do much fairing, but I think it will work well to rough up the fiberglass between coats up in the points.
I also like to use sandpaper with a sponge.

And, of course, scrapers.

I had to tweak my new stands. As I was sanding they slowly moved apart and don’t want to stay put. It’s almost 10 feet between them so I had to find something long to hold them still. I found this piece leaning against the back of the shop. A few c-clamps and it stays where it needs to.

I have started, but there is a long way to go.

There’s not much to show. The sanding all looks the same. It is slow going and I haven’t done the points yet. I don’t think anyone wants to see a bunch of sanding pictures, so I won’t be updating for a while. Maybe I will post again this weekend, unless something exciting happens before that (highly unlikely). So this is probably it until Sat. or Sun. See you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 12:48 AM

I guess the random orbital sander doesn’t work well on those inside curves. Looks like a lot of hand sanding.

Good luck.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 12:55 AM

English, you are right about the orbital. I’ll get it done, though. Thanks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 01:42 AM

That looks very tedious, I like those scrapers.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 01:50 AM

bearkat, tedious indeed. Believe it or not, my wife made me buy them. Glad she did.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 06:10 PM

I would have never thought of using a Ulu. Thanks for the update buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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