Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 32 Filling Ends, And Gaps

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 02-10-2016 11:04 PM 1808 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally back at it. It was 33 degrees in the shop this morning so I fired up the wood stove. The shop quickly filled with smoke. Guess it’s time to clean the chimney. Anyway, I got the thing cleaned out, and the place aired out, and it was about 1:00 before the temp got up enough to epoxy. I did the ends first. If you’ve been following along you may have figured out that this type of canoe does not have hardwood stems. In order to give the ends more strength I will fill them with epoxy. This also makes the points look better. I add silica and cedar sawdust to the mix to thicken it. It needs a lot to thicken it enough to stay put, the ends are vertical in places and you don’t want the mix to run down to the bottom.

This is what you’re looking for.

This is what we are starting with.

Here are the ‘tools’ I do this with. The narrow one is a piece of canoe strip, and the wide one is an old paint stirrer.

Round the ends and they work great. Use the smaller one to carry the mix to the ends.

The bigger stick smooth’s it out.

You may notice that I didn’t go all the way up to the edge. I leave about an inch at the top to leave room for the decks.
Once you’re done, keep checking to be sure the mix doesn’t slump. If it does you need to smooth it out before it gets too hard to level out. I used the leftover mix to start filling gaps.

Well folks, due to running errands this morning, and smoking myself out of the shop, that’s all I got done today. I plan on going out early tomorrow and getting the heat started. That’s the problem with epoxy, you need the temp to get well into the 70’s before starting. If all goes well I’ll have an update tomorrow evening. See you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 12:22 AM

I had wondered about the ends. Thanks for the update and sharing buddy

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 04:54 AM

I haven’t commented much but I am really enjoying reading and following your blog. So much good information.

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 12:06 PM

This is one of my favorite parts of LJ. I can not wait for each update. You are doing a great job on the canoe.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 01:05 PM

Another great blog entry, I love the detail. Looking forward to your next blog.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 10:33 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. And thanks for following.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 02-12-2016 01:52 AM

Any chance you could prop it up on one end so the epoxy wont run down?
Maybe just putting one end on the sawhorse and the other end on the ground would make it flow to the low point and less problems with having to chase the runs.

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#7 posted 02-12-2016 10:02 PM

Joe, I think it would have to be pretty much straight up. Maybe I could prop it up in a snowbank haha.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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