Monday, February 22, 2016
Canoe Building: Installing the Decks and Outwales
So dry fit the decks and make sure they fit at the correct depth. You don't want them to be above or below the inwales. Since the inwales are wider at the top than the bottom, I had to mark the angle,then prepare it to fit neatly together. It doesn't have to be perfect, but any discrepancies are best if on the bottom side. Once you like where you have things positioned, predrill three holes on each side of the deck, going from the outside of the hull, through the inwales, and into the decks. Be sure to do so at an even interval so you don't hit these screws when you install the outwales! Put strips of packaging tape along the bottom of the inwales, then slather each side of the deck with thickened epoxy. Fit it in there, clamp it, and drive your screws in. I think I used #8 screws that were 2 inches long. Once all of the screws are in, you can unclamp things. Reach under the deck and firmly press the packaging tape that's on the inwales to the underside of the deck. This will take any epoxy that has been pressed out, and even it out and make a smooth finish. Wipe down any epoxy that has come out the top. You can now work on installing the outwales- no delay is needed for the epoxy to set up since the decks are screwed on securely.