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Double Paddle Canoe, Page 3

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Once the epoxy has cured inside and out, it's time for the horrible job of sanding down the edges of the taped seams, and in my case the all-over epoxy coating.  This is nasty work, and requires a good dust mask.

 

Much more fun is fabricating and installing the gunwales.  I used some 1x3 inland red cedar sold around here as house trim since it's light, stiff, and cheap.  It's rough on one side, but in the smaller widths clear boards can be found.  I scarfed two 8' boards end to end, planed the rough side off, and ripped two narrower pieces from that.  A couple of passes through the planer produced nice square 3/4" x 3/4" gunwale stock.  The sheet rock screws holding the gunwales on while the epoxy cures will be removed and the holes filled with putty before more horrible sanding of the interior takes place.

 

At this point, it's a good idea to just relax and take in the fully formed shape of the boat.

 

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