I have read where some builders have made laminated gunwales using a mix of soft and hard wood strips (maybe 3/16"). I assume the process is similar to that used when laminating wood for internal and external stems. What I found interesting was the weight savings for using mostly cedar capped with a hard wood like ash. Has anyone made laminated gunwales ? tips?
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I did. I made walnut and ash gunwales. I m pretty sure I did 3/8 strips but not sure. As far as the process you’re right. Same thing. Laminate with epoxy and clamp the begeezus out of it.
One thing I learned in the process though- I was skeptical that the whole gunwale would “bend as one” when installing . In other words I thought it would resist bending after dried somehow due to the laminations but it doesn’t. Bends perfectly.
I think it’s a great idea - and should be used more in practice. it’s not all that common but I love the look of mine- it’s a great way to dress up the boat and in your situation save weight as well.
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