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Pat

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I started my first build recently. Started my strongback in February. I am building Gilpatrick's wabnaki. Other than his book and Canoecraft. I asked alot of questions on facebook under my wife's account. Jim Dobb directed me here and I gleaned a lot of info but have not posted so I thought I better thank everyone. I am at the stage of fairing the hull and while I made lots of booboos it still is looking like a canoe. I soon will be glassing it and I am really scared of that step. I used Jim Dobbs skill saw and router methods on my strips. That worked really well for me. Again I just wanted to introduce myself and thank you for the help you didn't known you were giving me.C4A6CEE7-0D83-4E51-A636-D7AC5E831545.JPGADAA9375-5B8F-4266-89AC-249F9B2B3681.JPG
 
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Looks great, Pat. Welcome.

I get worked up over glassing, too - not a big fan of working to a strict timetable. A number things that helped me
  • Thoroughly clean your work area before you start. Transform it from a wood shop to a finishing room.
  • Line your work areas/benches with craft paper
  • Lay out the equipment for the impending process - chip brushes, rollers, squeegees, gloves, etc
  • Wait for cool weather
  • Lay your glass over the hull well in advance - like overnight at least.
  • Don't forget to take a breath once in awhile
Would love to know what part of the world you're in - you can add that to your profile.
 

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Welcome to site membership, Pat! I know many folks here will be interested in your build progress, and we look forward to your participation in our canoe community.
 
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Hello Pat and welcome. I built the Wabnaki a couple of years ago. My wife and I love how it looks and handles. I was very hesitant when it came to fiberglassing, I didn't handle it to well. But Jim Dodd, memaquay, alsg, Alan gage and others on here were a huge help and great support.
Looking forward to your progress. Take your time with it. Enjoy the build, you'll treasure it for years.
Roy
 
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