Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tricky decks

With the cockpit painted and the deck frame finished it was time to cut into my sheet of 3mm Gaboon ply.  I lay out my sheet on the ground with the canoe upside down on top of the sheet and traced two half outlines.

I have no idea how I am going glue this down and make the buoyancy tanks water tight but at this stage I'm thinking I will lay a bed of epoxy along the gunnal and use a length rope wound around the canoe to clamp the deck down whilst curing.  The "client" has asked for an elliptical opening in the deck so I have cut a couple of templates to visualise how it might look and ponder how I might make the combing.