RE: [baidarka] New Member with questions

Subject: RE: [baidarka] New Member with questions
From: Bruce C. Anderson (
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 18:38:37 EDT

Howdy Peter

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> Subject: Re: [baidarka] New Member with questions

> I have seen (and have used) as small as 3/4 x 1-1/2 in
> gunwales successfully. The 2-1/2 in deep gunwall is about is
> 277 percent stronger
> (!) if made of the same wood (assuming no defects). It is
> also a lot lighter too.

After your comments about gun' ale strength, I am considering running an
1/8 th inch strip of hard wood along the top edge of the gun' ale, and two
1/4" wide parallel 1/8th in thick strips along the bottom inside and outside
of the mortise joints. That should form sort of an I-Beam with the hardwood
absorbing most of the compression and tension forces. Just a thought. :)

See Ya

Have Fun

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