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The Cotton Swab Test

When is the best time to apply the next coat of resin? It all depends. But if your schedule allows, you will get the strongest bond when the prior coat is not yet cured.

Removing White Lines

Sometimes when you are using carpenters glue between strips, you will end up with white glue lines. These lines are typically due to the glue being too cold as it dried.

Fiberglassing the Hull

This video shows the fiberglassing of the hull of the microBootlegger. I'm applying one layer of 4 ounce E-glass with a coat of epoxy resin. After the wet-out coat of epoxy starts to set up I apply a thin fill coat.

Sanding the Hull

If you are careful gluing up your strips, the sanding can go quite quickly. My process here was:

Closing the Bottom

The last strip to close the bottom always takes time. The narrow remaining gap must be matched quite precisely for a tight fit.

Repairing a Damaged Strip

With book matched strips you can not throw out a damaged strip because doing so would disrupt the pattern of the grain. Instead you will need to repair the damage. If the strip is just broken you can glue it back together. In this case the edge of the strip was torn up and ragged.

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.

Stripping the Bottom Part Two

In part one of stripping the bottom I did not need to worry about the length of the strip much, I just left them over long then trimmed them back when they were in place.

Stitch and Glue Night Heron Class Video

Another 7 Night Herons have been built at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This time-lapse video shows the progress over 5.5 days, starting with a raw pile of CNC-cut parts from Chesapeake Light Craft, and completing with an assembled 18' long kayak.

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