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OTCA outer stem blending

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by mmmalmberg, Oct 16, 2020 at 12:12 AM.

  1. mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I have both outer stems back on; in some areas the canvas-covered inner stem exceeds the width of the outer stem, and occasionally the outer stem slightly overhangs the former. Can I use something like the canvas filler to blend between them? Or is accepted practice just to accept these differences?
     

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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    ps I will be of course priming and painting the outer stems. Thinking of filling the screw slots (only) with the Dolphinite to make someone’s job easier 50 years from now.
     
  3. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Could you explain that?
     
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Since you are going to prime and paint the OS stems, just butter them really good with bedding compound, smooth that out best you can, and paint.

    No need to fill the OS stem screws, they get countersunk until the heads are just flush, then they'll get covered up by the stem brass and its layer of bedding compound.
     
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  5. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Paint!!! Egads!
    The outer stems look so cool when left bright!
     

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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Well sometimes it's a pain to dig out old dried paint from a slotted screw head. So sometimes I've put something like wax into the slot so that when the time comes, it's easier to clear out than dried paint.
     
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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    It's true, but the rear stem is original and aside from having been painted and stripped with a heatgun had a tip replaced and looks in all very different from the brand new front outer stem...

    They were painted when I got it and I guess I assumed that was the original treatment. Did OT always leave them bright? 62449973526__F90343CB-2282-432D-B6BA-A02EE069A03E.JPG
     
  8. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Nope, I think they were painted. Someone my correct me, though.
    I usually replace both ends if one is bad.
     
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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I was thinking prime & paint, then bedding compound and stem band. Do you paint after the stem band goes on?
     
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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    You're probably a much more accomplished bender than I:) Both ends had rotted tips, but the front one was also fractured in several places. Generally I've been trying to keep as much of the original canoe as I can if it's serviceable.
     
  11. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Keep doing what you are doing! Great job!
    You’ll love it!
     
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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Dave:) Also the front one that I bent, had a split that I pulled open and glued so that makes it a bit less attractive;) I've done all my gluing with resorcinol and that one shows the glue line pretty well. Outer stems do look really spiffy bright but since I had thought I'd be painting them from the start I didn't really worry about cosmetics with them.
     
  13. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Usually, The one below is shown in the factory during the early 1970s.

    Benson



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    mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Darn it:)
    I shall ponder. I've not tried to hide repairs anywhere else on the boat so maybe I should do the same with the stems...
     

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