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Fixing a Popped Seam

It will happen that as you are building a strip-planked boat, one of your seams will pop open. If you are using staples, you may be able to add glue, squeeze it closed and shoot another staple into it, but if you are trying to avoid staples, you might need to seek other solutions.

In this case I had two strips separate near the stern of the microBootlegger I am building. This can be a difficult place to clamp. My solution was to hot-melt glue on some clamping blocks then use a small spring clamp to pull the seam together. Before placing the clamp I injected CA Glue into the gap, then after clamping, I sprayed the area with the CA glue accelerant.