Knots in cedar strip canoes #1: I like big knots and I cannot lie.

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Blog entry by burlyman posted 08-19-2007 04:44 AM 2400 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Is it just me or are knots in cedar strip canoes really cool. I think clear cedar is overrated. Because the hull is encased in fiberglass, the knots shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to hull strenth. But why doesn’t anyone make canoes with knots. As for me and my house, we will make knotty canoes.

-- Ryan, Duluth MN,

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-19-2007 04:55 AM

I like big knots and I cannot lie
You other brothers can’t deny
If the cedar’s not waney, then the strips don’t look zany
with big knots that look like eyes. <scoff>

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 08-19-2007 05:02 AM

I was hoping someone would finish that for me. Nice work with the word “waney.”

-- Ryan, Duluth MN,

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#3 posted 08-19-2007 05:03 AM

I’m going to bed.

-- Ryan, Duluth MN,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 08-19-2007 05:41 AM

Good night!

If you put your address, like this,
It will go direct to your website, when you click on it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 08-19-2007 06:11 AM

now for something to rhyme with either the scuppered ash inwales, ash outwales or ash thwart…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 08-20-2007 07:14 PM

One thin layer of fiberglass does not add to the hull strength. Almost all of the strength is in the wood.

The other (and likely bigger reason in the a canoe) for straight clear wood is that it bends into a nice fair consistent curve. IE it is a lot easier to work with.

one last minor issue is if the boat is not fiberglassed and the knot becomes loose you will have a very leaky boat; and if the hull is covered in glass it will turn milky around the loose knot.

-- Che.

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