A Cedar Strip Tip
My nephew David, and I just finished up his Wee Lassie, and
I thought others might be interested in the way I hold the strips
to the forms instead of using staples. I know that many people
use hot melt glue or bungie cords or clamps to hold the strips
until the glue sets, but I am not patient enough to do a pair
of strips at a time or deal with hot melt glue residue.
I strip my boats from the gunwale
up, with the bead up. Attach the first strip with nails, as
the holes left will be concealed by the gunwales. Apply glue
to the cove of the next strip on the bench, then use 25 lb monofillament
fishing line to clamp the the second strip to the first. Start
at one end, wrap around and around the two strips, and clamp
the bitter end at the other end of the boat.
You can immediately glue and
place the next strip, and wrap the fishing line around all three
strips until you reach the other end and clamp again. In order
to keep the strips from pulling away from the forms as you continue
up the sides of the boat, place screw on the face of the forms
every couple of inches and as you pass by pull the line arond
the screw, so that the strip is held tight against the forms.
Follow this procedure alternating from one side to the other
until you reach the area that some call the football, on the
bottom of the boat, where you can strip on one side only then
cut 1/2 inch away from the centerline with a hand saw. Then
strip the other side and let the ends run over to be cut off
the same 1/2 inch. This lets you fill the center line with a
1" square edge strip that can be planed to fit perfectly.
When the whole hull has been stripped, and the glue has a chance
to dry, I just run a utility knife along the bottom of the first
strip, and cut all the fishing line.
Then you can pull the pieces
through from the outside and you are left with a hull with no
staple marks. The fishing line makes it difficult to clean up
the glue squeeze-out as you go, but I find most of it can be
removed using a scraper before the hull is sanded.
By the way, because the line
curves over the edges of the strips, you can't even tell where
they were when you are finished sanding.
David and I were able to strip
the boat completely in a bit less than 2 days and he pretty
much had it finished in the two and a half weeks he had out