Settingup molds on a long strongback.

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Settingup molds on a long strongback.

Post by cagreen » Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:40 pm

Strong back is built! Now I'm looking at cutting and setting up the molds. My Cottage Cruiser is 15 1/2" and the strongback is 16" long. I read in Canoecraft that when building a shorter canoe on a longer strongback that you should raise the molds about 2" to leave room for the stems. Any suggestions on the best way to do this? Should I make the station molds 2" higher, or set the mold on blocks to raise it up?
Finally, I'm having trouble visualizing why I would need to raise it up. Can anyone explain this too me a bit more?


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Post by Glen Smith » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:07 pm

The best way is to make all the molds a few inches higher. The reason is so you can shape the ends of the stems without interference and without always bashing your knuckles on the strongback.

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