Step 3: Stitching

Step by step example of how to build a boat using the stitch and glue method.
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Step 3: Stitching

Post by jem » Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:07 pm

Note: The sequence of panel assembly varies by model. Shown here's the the Cape Fear (http://jemwatercraft.com/proddetail.php?prod=CF).

Start by stitching the bow together. Lay the 2 bottom panels on each other and drill both stitch holes at the same time.
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Keep the stitch loose for now.
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Stitch the stern.
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Place a stitch about every 6" along the bottom seam and spread open.
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Locate, mark and drill the stitch holes for the frame.
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Stitch frame into place.
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As your stitching, you want to maintain a consistent gap. Avoid "hard spots" in your seams where wood rubs on wood.
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Maintain the gap by inserting spacers as required. Popsicle sticks found at any craft/hobby store...also inside popsicles...work well.
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The butt blcok seams should align (when using JEM Watercraft plans).
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Continue stitching in the sequence your plans call for until complete.
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-Matt. Designer.

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