Monday, October 13, 2014

Now it's time for the very last piece of the canoe, and the most difficult:  The false keel.  The false keel goes on the bottom of the boat, on top of the center, bottom plank, and wraps around each end to meet at the front of the deck caps.  I use one solid piece of 1/16" x 1/8" cherry strip for it.  Because of the curves on both ends, the wood needs to be soaked well so it can be bent.  Only the last inch or two needs soaking, so I start with one end in my pan of ammonia water.  After about 10 minutes, I clamp the false keel to one end of the canoe really well with two clamps until it completely dries, and takes on the form of the curve.

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