Butt joint on side planking

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James P
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Butt joint on side planking

Post by James P » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:14 pm

I find myself pondering a few things while reading peoples build blogs. One that comes to mind is if you do a butt joint on the side planking and do not plan on painting the hull, won't you always be able to see a seam? I like the natural mahogany sides, not painted.
I am interested in the Zip if that makes an difference.

Thank you for any replies.

James P.

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Roberta
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Re: Butt joint on side planking

Post by Roberta » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:54 pm

There are many ways to creatively cover that seam in a side plank butt joint. Paint trim, stainless steel chevron like emblems are a couple. You don't necessarily need to cut the joint straight up and down, An angle cut can be very attractive. Neatness counts a lot and try to match grain and color and show off that masterful joinery.

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Re: Butt joint on side planking

Post by James P » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:53 pm

Thanks Roberta. I'm not so sure about the masterful part,LOL! Would the factory edges be the best option at the joint do you think?

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Re: Butt joint on side planking

Post by gdcarpenter » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:40 am

"Form Follows Function"

I kinda like the seam on my ZIP sides, but that's the carpenter in me.

I managed to do a scarf joint, but the difference visually (on the outside) between a scarf and clean butt joint is negligible. I didn't ' want a butt blocker on the inside.
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Re: Butt joint on side planking

Post by Roberta » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:47 am

GD's example shows how nice that joint can be made. Looks very planned and natural. I would not use the factory edge as they are usually not very flat and usually rough. Beveling the mating edges can help close the gap, too.

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Re: Butt joint on side planking

Post by Andy Garrett » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:47 pm

Paint was my only option. :shock:

Bronze screw heads, epoxy, filler, etc. Paint covers a multitude of sins.

Good luck!
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