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Getting the decks on

deck support notches

The Scamp has a deck at the front, and side decks. These are supported by planks which fit in slots cut in the bulkhead tops and these run from the bow to the stern.

The decks is supported on the outside by the top of the sheer plank doubled with gunwales.

I had prepared some nice douglas fir planks to fit the slots but when I checked the fit I realized that since the plank was at an angle my slot also needed to be slightly beveled. I cut the bevel with a file.


Joining Planks

My lumber was shorter than the SCAMP so I needed to scarf the boards. Here is my page on joining including scarfing.

cutting the scarfcutting scarf

I cut the scarfs using bench plane. It worked well and created fabulous curls.

Gluing supports Gluing supports

After gluing the strips and cleaning up the squeezed out glue I let it set overnight. When I built my Skerry, I over tightened a scarf joint and starved it of glue. This time I made sure not to tighten too much.

Joint is nice and clean and seem strong. The epoxy is still a bit too gummy to sand. I'll give it more time.

Bending the supports

I tried dry fitting the support on the boat but found that the planks were too stiff to easily bend.

I can either try and bend the boards gradually, or I can split them and re-laminate them together in a bent position.

bending boards

I decided to try bending them first. If this does not work I'll use the bandsaw and split the boards and re-glue them in bent shape.

I wet the planks and bent them and I'll make the bend sharper everyday till it fits. That my story and I'm sticking to it.


ironing wood to bend it bending wood

I tried using an iron to help bend the wood. It helped and the wood softened.

I left it to cool and set overnight and the next day one of the pieces had failed. It failed on a slight flaw of the wood, not on the joint. The other piece had enough of a bend to try and do a rought fit.

I reglued the damaged piece and will let it set for a couple of days.

dry run of the deck support not a fair curve

It took a long time to coax the support into place. I used clamps and rope to gradually pull it in position in the slots of the bulkheads.

The curve is not quite fair. I had noted that 2 of the bulkheads were slightly proud of the top plank and this 3/16 of an inch on the worst one, makes a difference on how the wood curves. I will have to trim this.

I will leave the wood in place to see if the bent wood can adjust to the curve and not be so springy.

I trimmed the support for the deck down by the amount they were proud of the top plank. That will give me a nicer curve for the deck.


bending the support

I started bending the second support. It fits on the starboard side. It broke twice before I gave up with this piece of wood. I had others so I used them. The mistake I made was to choose wood that had grain running in the wrong direction. Once I had replaced it with quarter sawn pieces they bent very nicely. Now I know. Check the grain carefully BEFORE wasting wood and time.

I'm using hot water on cloth wrapped around the supports and then ironing the wet cloth to steam the wood. It's been working very well.

Before I can install decks, I need to have the inside of the front compartments finished. I've been spending time sanding and coating the strakes with epoxy. They now have 2 coats. This protects the wood but also the epoxy need to fill the weave of the fiberglass that supports the seams between the 3 strakes and the bottom.

Sanding is not very glamorous work.



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