So, you’ll try really hard to get those strips tight to each other but the reality is there WILL be gaps. don’t sweat it, it happens to everyone. Just mix some cedar flour and silica with your epoxy til it’s a peanut butter paste consistency. Fill the gaps with the epoxy and scrape away any excess. Whatever you don’t scrape away now you’ll have to sand off later but just know that’s happening regardless. If you weren’t ready to sand you should never have started this project. what are you doing. stop right now and question all your life decisions that have led you to this point.
you good? ok, let the epoxy sit overnight and then sand the canoe for what will feel like the first in a million sandings.