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Side Plank Seams

The Captain

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Joined: February 13, 2015

Q: How do you get rid of the seams between the side planks? Does it take multiple coats of varnish or do you fill in the seams with some sort of epoxy? The spaces on my boat are very small.

A: Having small gaps is good. The wood moves as moisture is absorbed, gaps will tighten as the planks expand. Bottom planks can move 1/8, side planks not so much. When you fill the gaps, as the planks expands it will push out the filler or in the case of an epoxy, it may just crush the fibers of the wood. We do see the filler stains and varnish do some filling, (and it pushes out) but on a boat that is not totally glued together using modern assembly methods the movement is normal, dry to wet. Best not try to interrupt Mother Nature.

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Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM
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