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Peterborough's 10 and 11 or how I make my canoes Part 5

With the Outwales and decks now fixed to Peterborough 10 we can proceed with trimming the edges of the hull down to meet them with the spoke shave. The corners of them are then rounded over. The top corner is done with a router whilst the lower corner is done with a block plane followed by sanding to a nice radius. Then the hull is turned over and any excess epoxy from the glueing operation can be removed I then vacuumed it off and moved it out of the way so i could begin varnishing it whilst still doing dusty work on Peterborough 11. I went back to Peterborough 11 and after test fitting the inwales together I moved onto a final sand on the inside of the hull before the inwales are finally g

Peterborough's 10 and 11 or How I make my Canoes part 4.

At the end of part three I was working on the decks and having prepared the parts we now move to glueing them up. Next day the deck parts are joined using a biscuit jointer. This is a simple device that cuts a recess in the edge of the pieces into which a plywood biscuit is glued to give the joint more strength than a plain butt joint. Glueing up comes next and this is accomplished with the aid of a wedge shaped jig and a selection of cramps. One of the canoes will be having smaller decks so while the laminated ones were left to set I cut out a couple of pieces of ash. This sort of deck would be a good idea if you want a boat of reduced weight but in this case it is purely because the top of

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