stem chunky

The stems are glued in place, and now it’s time to shape them into a fair curve with the rest of the hull. This is another spokeshave job, so I really had fun doing this. I did use my #4 smoothing plane to bring the bottom of the stem (on top of the inverted boat…) down to match the hull. But it could have all been done with the spokeshave.

I left the leading edge 3/8″ thick for eventually adding a brass stem band. It comes out looking something like this.


stem fair

The circled patches on the hull are high spots.  I had done one pass with the random orbital sander at this point.

I really dislike sanding. When I first read Canoecraft and after having done some reading online I was pretty bummed by the amount of sanding that was described. Sanding is dusty and if you’re using a power sander it’s noisy as well. So wearing a respirator and earmuffs for hours wasn’t something I was looking forward to.

I did find that there wasn’t near as much sanding as people told me there would be. I ended up with about 3 hours of sanding for the exterior of the hull. Maybe I did more of my fairing with the spokeshave than some people ?  I was able to get away with 60 grit for almost all of it followed by one quick pass with 120 grit.

After the 60 grit I wiped the hull down with a wet rag to raise the grain. The neat part about this is that it shows you what the hull will look like after the epoxy goes on.


half wetted bottom

half wetted side