advice on scarfing hog

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by H248801, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. H248801
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    Location: Lakeland, Florida U.S.A.

    H248801 Junior Member

    I need a hog of over 9.5' in length, yet have only 8' long boards of sassafras. Any advice on how to properly scarf two sections of 3/4" board together.

    Is anybody else excited about building boats?
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Nope, building boats is one of the most unrewarding things I've ever endeavored at. I don't know why I bother.

    Yep, you can scarf your 1 by stock. This is a 6" wide, tapered joint on 1 by stock (8:1 ratio) which is desirable on structural elements.

    If using thickened epoxy as your adhesive (highly recommended) then the joint doesn't have to be a perfect match and it's better if it's not. Slope each piece so they mirror each other, apply goo and tack in place until dry.

    I find it's fastest to rough things in with a power plane or a belt sander, then come back with a hand plane or chisel to fine tune the joint.

    Some folks use fancy jigs and other mechanical devices for scarfs, but with epoxy you don't need this level of precision and it takes longer to set up a jig then it is to cut one by hand.

    There are several previous thread on scarffing. You may want to employ the search tool thingie.
     
  3. H248801
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    H248801 Junior Member

    Par, thanks once again for your outstanding advice. I can only hope to become as enthusiastic as you are about building boats!
     

  4. thudpucker
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    thudpucker Senior Member

    I had to laugh at your question and PAR's answer.
    I started helping with Wood boat building when I was a kid and our family was broke enough we could only afford Direlects that were free for the dragging away. A bunch of them never made it any farther than the Wood Stove in the living room.
    To this day I dont think I can give you an honest answer to your question. But the sights and thoughts of those re-buildable boats sure tug and my imagination.
    I still love to look.
     
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