It appears that the screw threads are no longer gripping my outwale as there is now a gap between the outer and inner gunwales. In my canoe the screws are inserted from the inwale to the outwale, except by the two decks. Is it a simple mater of removing the inwale, inserting and gluing a thin dowel in the hole of the outwale and then reattaching the inwale? If so, will any type of wood work for the dowel? I would probably just go to Home Depot and get a dowel there. Thanks.
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West System G Flex epoxy|
Posted by: pblanc on Aug-19-13 4:00 PM (EST)
I use epoxy to fill the holes. It helps to have a so-called dental syringe with a fine, drawn out tip. Put some epoxy in the syringe and fill the enlarged holes from the bottom. May take a couple of applications to completely fill the hole. Once the epoxy is cured, drill a pilot hole a bit smaller than your #8 screws.
Do not use a dowel|
Posted by: mintjulep on Aug-19-13 4:33 PM (EST)
They have zero screw holding ability in the end grain.
Sounds like DougD's gunwale issue|
Posted by: booztalkin on Aug-20-13 10:29 AM (EST)
You may want to read through this thread regarding separation of gunwales: