Chines & Stems

  

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Draw a line 1" from bottom of hull (curved side). This line will be used to align the chines when attaching to the hull sides.

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Lay the angle cut end of the stem ½" from the top of the hull side and the apex of the stem triangle aligned with each end. Outline the stem with a pencil. Repeat this procedure at each end of both hull sides (3 more times). Make sure to mark the stems so you know which end to attach them to later.

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Using a t-bevel measure the compound angles at the base of each stem and transfer the angles to each end of the chines (see Pirogue Materials & Cut List for the chines & stems dimensions).

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Using a draw saw cut the compound angles at each end of the 2 chine pieces.

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Glue the chine to the hull side using clamps. Start at one end with the chine aligned with the outline of the stem, bend and clamp in place until the other end is also aligned with the stem outline at the other end. Make sure the top of the chine is aligned with the line you marked on the hull side. The chine should overhang the hull side bottom by 1/4".

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After the chine is secured with clamps and glue turn the hull side over and nail the chine in place with 1" annular nails. Make sure the nails are at least 1/2" down from the edge of the top of the ply’s and drive the nails at an angle so that they do not poke out the other side of the chine. Repeat the procedure on the other hull side.

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After nailing chines on both sides is complete, remove any remaining clamps and set the nails just below the surface of the hull side ply’s using a hammer and small nail punch. All nails holes will be covered with filler later so they are not visible on the finished pirogue.

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Glue both stems to one hull side using clamps. Drive 1 - 3 annular nails thru the hull side to hold stems in place.

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After attaching both stems turn the hull side over and drive 6 - 8 annular nails into each stem using various size nails depending on placement.