Monthly Archives: November 2014

Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Installing the wales

They are called gunwales, outwales, or simply wales.  They are thin strips of hardwood that run the length of the hull along the sheer line.  They are quite necessary for a guideboat.  Wales reinforces a hull that appears deceptively fragile.  There was … Continue reading

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Building and Adirondack Guideboat-Varnishing

Varnishing used to be the scourge of boat builders. First of all, one would have to sand between coats of varnish to insure good adhesion. That gets tedious when trying to varnish the inside of the hull of a guideboat … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Wow! It popped

I decided to start varnishing the hull while waiting for the screws I ordered so I could attach the gunwales.  I wasn’t anticipating the absolute change in appearance this would cause. The wood I used for the hull, Spanish cedar, … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Why use hand tools?

Visitors to the Adirondack Museum’s boat shop often are puzzled by the overwhelming use of hand tools when building a guideboat. To the layman, hand tools are something from the past, something that is irrelevant now that we have all … Continue reading

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