Sculling Oars: Part 5

After the shaping process of the oars was competed, the laminates were fastened using silicone bronze screws. The screws were countersunk to hide them from the surface and allow the screw to have more bite into the bottom piece. 

The holes were drilled using a hand drill. First hole for the threaded portion of the screw, the second hole for the shank of the screw, and the third hole to countersink the head.

A trick when driving screws with a blade screw driver is to attach a small box wrench to the shank of the screw driver. This will increase the leverage you can use to drive stubborn screws into the wood. This was really helpful when driving a 1 3/4" screw all the way home.

When using blade fasteners, it is nice to make sure that all the slots line up in the same direction. It doesn't matter which way you choose, just that it is all consistent. It just shows that the craftman who made the piece took the time to do everything, even line up the screw heads.

Now the construction of the oars is finally completed and they are ready for their protective coatings.

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