I like how to get rid of ants in my house naturally a challenge.

The planks are of red cedar and are 1/4” thick. Luckily I have a good timber suppliers just up the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally road and was able to look through the stacks to how to get rid of ants in my house naturally get 15’ lengths of clear timber so they are full length. Apart from the first 3” plank on each side, each plank is tapered. I read all I could, but could find nothing to help me. I knew the widest point wanted to be about 38mm how to get rid of ants in my house naturally so measured the curve of the hull at the widest how to get rid of ants in my house naturally point and divided that by 38 to give me 13 how to get rid of ants in my house naturally – the number of planks. I then measured the curve at the ends of the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally boat and divided that by 13 to give the width how to get rid of ants in my house naturally of planks there. The planks are ship lapped which to be considered too. I did find something which told me that a straight how to get rid of ants in my house naturally taper would be fine, the small angle at the middle would not be noticeable how to get rid of ants in my house naturally on a 14’ boat when fitted. I built a shooting board and planed all the tapers.

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Soon after this happened, in a newly published book ‘canoes a natural history’ I read that longitudinal strip canoes were simpler than wide how to get rid of ants in my house naturally boards because there were only 3 or so different patterned how to get rid of ants in my house naturally planks rather than having to fit each one. Now they tell me!!!!

Because of the rise in sheer towards the ends, the gunnels needed steam bending to achieve the required bend. The easiest way would be to ‘boil in the bag’ and clamp them but I needed a mould to bend how to get rid of ants in my house naturally the decks later on so I made one now. It’s just pieces of chipboard screwed together with some method how to get rid of ants in my house naturally of putting clamps on.

Remember how the inside looks like a torture device? Well now the torture begins. Every nail has to be bent down by sliding a how to get rid of ants in my house naturally clinching iron (lump of metal) down the ribs. The points all have to face the keelson. When they are bent into place you then hold your how to get rid of ants in my house naturally iron on the inside and hit with a hammer on how to get rid of ants in my house naturally the outside to bring the point right down into the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally wood. The grazes on the knuckles hurt, the noise is tiresome and it seems to go on how to get rid of ants in my house naturally forever. I broke it down into sections and continued with other how to get rid of ants in my house naturally jobs in between. When you’ve been over it once, you then wet the outside of the boat and do how to get rid of ants in my house naturally it all over again. This swells the cedar and the nail heads bed down how to get rid of ants in my house naturally below the surface without leaving hammer marks all over the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally place.

At the ends of the boat I needed to fit how to get rid of ants in my house naturally the last few half ribs. By shaping the ends I was then able to steam how to get rid of ants in my house naturally them and just force them downwards. They took on the shape of the boat with a how to get rid of ants in my house naturally bit of help. They need fixing with nails and the points turning like how to get rid of ants in my house naturally the other couple of thousand nails do. Access is a bit tricky in the narrow ends. These did not need cutting at an angle as the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally decks would cover the top of them, but had to be cut so that the deck could how to get rid of ants in my house naturally rest on top of some of them and have a how to get rid of ants in my house naturally screw through them into the deck at others

The decks are made from yellow cedar. Traditionally they might have been oak or maple but funds how to get rid of ants in my house naturally are short and I had the cedar. Each deck is in two pieces and will need bending how to get rid of ants in my house naturally and will have supports screwed underneath to position them correctly.

All that’s left to do now is fit the keel, and then sand and varnish, sand and varnish, sand and varnish, sand and varnish, sand and varnish, sand and varnish, sand and varnish, then sand and varnish a few more times, then fit the brass stem and keel strip and it’s ready to go.

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