My First Stitch and Glue build (Keel and inwales).

My First Stitch and Glue Canoe.(Keel and inwales).

Hello folks

Once the long parts had been glued end to end with fresh tape and new epoxy I could continue with the build. The next stage was to glue the keel to the bottom and glue the inwales to the sides but before that could be done I needed to glue one inwale as one of the splices needed to be re-glued.

Rather than using epoxy for this which would mean waiting overnight for it to cure I proceeded with waterproof PU glue which is perfectly adequate for the task but which wasn't available in the 1980's.

Once the glue had set enough for handling five minutes later I was able to continue with the next stage of glueing the inwales to the side panels. First a little bit of tape is removed where the inwale crosses it.

Then the inwale is glued in place and again I used PU as it is such marvellous stuff and the excess cleans off easily once it has set. It does have to be well clamped though hence the quantity of clamps used.

Next comes the gluing of the keel to the bottom panels. It is important to get this straight unless you want your boat to go in circles! so I begin by using a string line to mark its eventual position on the bottom panels.

Once again a small bit of tape has to be removed where the keel will cross it.

and then the keel can be glued in place.

Here again I used PU and you can see the props I put on it up to the ceiling to hold it in place whilst the glue sets.

Once set the excess glue is easily cleaned off as with this glue it turns to foam wherever it isn't clamped and this is what happens to the excess.

Next the bottom is turned over a string line is used as a guide and the keel is also pinned in place.I am not sure this is strictly necessary with modern adhesive but it does look nice so I put them in anyway.

The keel was over length so the ends are trimmed and planed to shape.

Then the outer corner is rounded and the whole keel given a quick sanding with a belt sander. Any other sander will do but this is the sort of thing the belt sander is good for as long as you are careful not to let it dig in, by keeping it moving.

That's all for now,

Thank you for reading.

Alick

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