Building the Chuckanu - Continued
September 4/5, 2015
When last we left the Chuckanu build, we'd attached the wales to
the stems with screws and expanding, gap-filling glue (PL Premium.)
Our first step this week was to scrape off the excess glue.
Then we took to tying the stringers to the frames. Dave and Rick
happened to be wandering by, so I enlisted them in the process.
Here's a detail of the lashing: Start with an Eskimo Knot, wrap
at least five times (pulling tight as you go), finish with several
Geoff has a very good eye for trimming the ends -I can never get
them to match.
After the bottom stringers were in, we did a little prototyping
of the floorboards. There's a trick, you see: The floorboards have
to cover enough space to be useful, be stiff enough to support someone
walking on them, and still not add too much weight. We'll be using
cedar fence boards planed to 1/2" thick and a little reinforcement.
On Saturday, Rick and Dave dropped by to say Hi again, and knowing
they had "real work" to do, I asked if they wanted to
tie a couple knots - just for fun.
Kristina and her mom, Tina, were staying in Rick's Canal Boat,
Gypsy Rose and came down to see what the noise was all about.
That Viking hat really get people's attention.
I, of course, tossed them into a canoe and sent them up the slough.
Back at the Chuckanu, we had attaches all the stringers, now it
was time for the cockpit coaming. I should have drilled lashing
holes when I cut out the frames, but . . .
Where the coaming comes together at Frame 1 is kind of problematic.
The gap I had made originally wasn't wide enough, so a little modification
was in order.
Here's what the join ended up as. You'll see more next week.
Tami and her granddaughter, Kristen, popped in, wanting to go for
Fortuitous timing - Tina and Kristina were just returning.
Two out, two in, that's the way you run a canoe livery.
Here's the coaming detail at Frame 6. Skinning will be interesting.
All stringers in, just waiting for floorboards and a few other
details. This is the view from the stern.
View from the bow. This is what I love most about Skin on Frame
building: I can stop right now, hang this on the ceiling, and have
a great piece of art.