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Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
By:Will Dickinson
Date: 7/9/2001, 4:22 pm

I am working on one of the One Ocean Kayaks Designs...the Cape Anne Double as my first boat. I do a good bit of woodworking, and don't particularly like the look of lots of dark staple holes, so I decided to try stapleless construction.

So, I finally got around to putting on my first couple of hull strips last week. I started with a sacrifical sheer strip that I stapled, screwed, begged and pleaded to get exactly along the sheer line. I then started with a double coved strip, glue, regular (bead & cove) strip, glue, strip, glue, etc... I have been putting one strip on at a time and working on both the left and right of the boat. My problem is that I have 4 strips on each side, and I am already getting some (3/16 - 1/4") separation of the strips from the forms, mostly at the bow (1st 3-4 stations). I think this is due to the construction technique I'm using. I use 'L-shaped' blocks clamped to the forms w/ wedges to hold the strips down and against the form for the most of the stations in the middle. For the stations at the ends, I am using bungee cord thatI wrap around the 4-5 strips twice (1/4" dowell to protect exposed cove), go through a drilled hole in the station, around the strips again, through the next station hole, etc. The wraps around the strips compress the new bead into the old cove. Going thru the station holes was supposed to draw the strips into forms. A couple of observations:

1) Something stronger than the 'L-shaped' blocks is needed at the boat ends to bend the strips down into shape.

2) Using the bungee cords the way I am is tending to take the curved stack of strips and force the middle away from each form because of the clamping pressure applied.

3) Why am I so stuborn and why won't I just give into using staples! ;)

Finally, the questions??

--are there some stapless sites / construction techniques that I am missing?? (without having to steam...I would really like to avoid this if possible.)

--Any other ideas on how to keep these strips tamed and tight to the forms! The wood is redwood, by the way.

--Is there anyone else building in the Cincinnati, OH area so that I could come and get some inspiration from you boat?!

If you got this far, thanks for reading and thanks for all the great info I've already gotten from this forum over the past year!


Messages In This Thread

Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
Will Dickinson -- 7/9/2001, 4:22 pm
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!RUSS -- 7/11/2001, 9:48 am
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
John Monfoe -- 7/10/2001, 5:19 am
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James Neely -- 7/9/2001, 8:40 pm
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
John Michne -- 7/9/2001, 6:51 pm
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long) *Pic*
Mitch Isoe -- 7/9/2001, 7:20 pm
Nice, where did you get the seat from
Pete Ford -- 7/10/2001, 10:24 pm
Re: Nice, where did you get the seat from
Mitch Isoe -- 7/10/2001, 11:37 pm
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
Will Dickinson -- 7/9/2001, 7:58 pm
Re: Stapleless Construction....short comment
Paul G. Jacobson -- 7/10/2001, 3:11 am
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
Mitch Isoe -- 7/9/2001, 8:50 pm
Re: Stapleless Construction....Yikes! (long)
Les Nightingill -- 7/9/2001, 4:41 pm
Re: Hmmmm...some good ideas..
Will Dickinson -- 7/9/2001, 5:58 pm
Re: Hmmmm...some good ideas..
Russell Brown -- 7/9/2001, 6:43 pm
Re: Hmmmm...some good ideas..
Tom-Atlanta -- 7/9/2001, 6:50 pm