Tape & Glue Process Free Instructions

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The TAPE & GLUE PROCESS has been around for a few years, and hundreds of small boats have been constructed
successfully utilizing the process without incident. There were two goals in developing the construction process, which is
similar to Stitch & Glue. First, it had to be people and earth friendly, meaning it had to be as biodegradable as possible, and
a non-allergen to those using it. Second, the materials used had to be low in cost to purchase. A third, but lower priority,
had to be ease of assembly. The process has proven to be very popular with the small boat building community. Some
builders have asked if other materials could replace those specified, and, up until now, none proved better. However, recent
tests of various other materials has prompted a change to the materials list. Specifically, the “tape”, normally 3.25oz glass
cloth, can be replaced with a commonly available alternative, “FibaTape”, an ultra thin fiberglass drywall tape with adhesive
backing. The weave is small enough, and the thickness thin enough to provide just the right combination of features to
replace the fiberglass cloth previously recommended. The following instructions will guide you through the process, in
words and pictures, so that you should have no problems in producing strong and water sealed assemblies. Remember,
the T&G Process is applied to most corners and seams after the basic hull modules are assembled, to provide a water seal
at the edge of the plywood, and to enhance the structural integrity of the overall hull design. As a result, it is recommended
that the boat being constructed be designed specifically to take advantage of this process.

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