canoe, part 11: installing the gunwales and decks

I didn’t buy the gunwales from Stefan Kraus but instead cut them out of a 3cm thick 5m long piece of ash. I cut the strips in our backyard with a circular saw, but now they were 2 by 3 cm and I needed them much thinner. In the living room that meant cutting them again, this time by hand with my Japanese saw. It did a great job, but what an effort to cut 5m by hand. Not recommended!!
After they were cut to the right length the next problem was to get them attached. for this they really need to be bend a lot at the bow and stern and that is only possible with a good amount of clamps. to be honest I didn’t have enough and that made installing the gunwales a lengthy project…
For the decks I originally had planned to make a handle in them, but then I went with the simplest design instead, cutting out to boards to make one triangle. I should have been a bit more precise, because this is a part of the canoe that is really visible…

attaching the inner gunwales. twice the clamps would have been good!

attaching the inner gunwales. twice the clamps would have been good!

and the outer gunwales...

and the outer gunwales…

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