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7c. Cape Ann Expedition (continued)- creating advanced deck inlays

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The next step in the inlay procedure is to fill all the 'arrow tips' so that they project into the space of the central band running along the length of the deck centerline.
The fill is mostly 1/4"x 1/4" (6,3mm x 6,3mm) red cedar splines for flexibility. Check out the technique for mitering the acute angles of the dark filler strips.
The spline that I drew the long curves with is used again to define the trim line of the protruding arrow fills. The right side of the deck is already trimmed.
In order to strip the left side, I stapled the white strip along the deck centerline to create a reference line by which to judge how much to fill the quadrant. I made no effort to cut accurate miter joints because a spline is inserted later along the centerline. (See the second picture below)

Now, the total number of accurately mitered strip ends is only 21 at most for the ENTIRE kayak deck. This assumes an average of 3 mitered strips per 'arrow tip'. Imagine the nightmare trying to form the decorative inlay first and filling in the rest.
Filling up the right side. Note the gap in the middle.
The last strip of the Expedition deck. The total building time for the deck is about seven afternoons.
'Baby butt' smooth deck waiting for fiberglass.
Looking from the front.
This is what it looks like before the wet sanding of the fiberglass. Note, the cockpit rim is already installed.


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