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 Post subject: Scarf Joint - How?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2006, 2:41 am 
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I'd appreciate some advice about the best technique for creating scarf joints. I'm in the process of replacing my ash gunwales and was only able to find 12 foot lengths. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to make a good scarf joint - any jigs or other tips would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2006, 5:01 am 
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Making Scarf Joints
http://michneboat.com./Working%20With%2 ... Strips.htm

This site is generally very good for building
Builder's Corner
http://michneboat.com./Builder's%20Corner.htm

Green Valley Boats
http://www.greenval.com/builders_notes.html

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 Post subject: gunwales
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2006, 7:55 am 
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Hi

The links you give you information on how to do the joint but the joint will likely come apart over time unless you store canoe inside in good conditions.Sracfs joints do not look good on a better caones.

You could buy the gunwales from a canoe dealer,call a local mill shop,use spruce (easy to find a any lumber yard).

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You could buy the gunwales from a canoe dealer,call a local mill shop,use spruce (easy to find a any lumber yard).


Spruce is soft and easily damaged. If you're going through the effort to do your own gunwhales, do something that will look good for a while. Unless , this is just a cheap, get the boat back on the water for another couple years before we trash it deal. If you can find real epoxy you don't have to worry about scarf joints seperating. The glue is stronger than the wood and totally waterproof. The 5 minute stuff at Canadian isn't epoxy. It is a polyester resin.

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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2006, 7:40 pm 
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I have 80 year old canoes with original spruce outwales. It is lighter than hardwoods, flexible and surprisingly durable. I do keep the varnish can handy.


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