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Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 8 #1: Adding More Strips

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 12-22-2015 11:44 PM 1186 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the seat out of the way it was strip adding day. Today’s strips are starting to go up over the top, so a screw is necessary here and there. I got lazy yesterday and did not glue the ends together. I don’t want to do it now because the c-clamps will be in the way. It’s hard to believe this mess on the ends will look like a canoe later.

You really have to pay attention when adding strips to be sure not to have the joints all in the same spot. All the boards I bought were six feet long so the joints want to match up. That would not look right, and would be a weak spot if they all were in the same place.

One thing to be careful of is getting the joints too close to the ends. The strips have to bend down and in at the same time. It’s a nice place to put a joint except that it’s really hard to hold them in place with all the pressure from the bends. I tried a couple and they have gaps, so I won’t do that anymore. Gaps don’t look good. Here is a pic of this joint from both sides. I had to put in way too many staples to hold it in place and it still gaps a little.

I use an old bowl with some water to keep a glue rag in. It helps to keep the glue wiped up. Just try not to smear too much of it into the wood grain.

These pictures show how much the strips need to bend, this is why no joints too close to the ends.

I don’t spend a lot on a stapler for this job. The glue is sort of hard on them. I put a piece of blue tape on the bottom to help keep out some glue. Probably someone that is more careful wouldn’t have this mess.

I put in a picture of this tool, I don’t know what it’s called or where to get one, but they work great to snip off strips. I got this one at a lawn sale for a dollar.

Not a good picture but this is how much glue I use. It doesn’t take much.

Even this much still squeezes out.

I think it helps to get the joint tighter if you can get above it. This stool works well. It’s small enough to kick from one side to the other. I suppose if I were a little taller it would help a little.

Here is a shot of the inside. What you want is the strips tight against the station.

When they don’t stay tight it’s time for some dry wall screws.

A quick finger update. It’s doing great. I lost a lot of feeling, it’s very numb, but it still works. I’ve given it a real workout the last few days and it’s standing up just fine. I’m not sure why all the skin is peeling off but I guess that’s part of it. It doesn’t look like much, but I’m sure that will come with time.

Here’s a staple update. I had 14 strips on each side and was almost done stapling the last one when I ran out. I had started with a new box. So, that means I have used 1200 staples thus far. Wow, that sounds terrible. It’s a lot, but you need to keep the strips where they belong. The other canoes I built were the same situation, so I guess it’s normal. So here is where we stand. The strips are coming up over the side. Soon they will be laying flat on the top of the stations. The only problem there is keeping the glue in the cove until you are ready for the strip. Oh well, no need to worry about that yet. There are 18 strips on each side. It’s looking “canoey”. Not sure if that’s a word but it works for me.

Not sure what the next couple days bring, but if I get a chance to work on it I will post an update.

-- Jeff in central Me.



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#1 posted 12-23-2015 12:56 AM

This is a really interesting blog…thanks.

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 01:02 AM

Readoak49, Thanks, I hope to see it through to the finish.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 01:36 AM

I find myself looking forward to see if you posted a new blog update on the build. I have a couple of canoes and kayaks to build in my future and your blogs are very informative. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 01:56 AM

Just found your blog, very interesting. I look forward to the next update. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 02:00 AM

hoss, glad if I can help. I want to do a kayak but don’t want one for myself so I may never do it. If you do yours I hope you post them up.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 03:23 AM

Jeff, again, thanks so much for sharing this! You’re showing so much more detail than any other canoe builder I’ve seen yet – I am learning a lot!

Merry Christmas!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 03:58 PM

I finally had a bit of time today to go back and reread all the blogs. You do a great job on detailing the process and your craftsmanship is top notch. Very much appreciate you taking the time to blog this build. I sure when I start doing mine, I will have plenty of questions for ya if you dont mind. I will blog the kayak. I want to do a hybred kayak typish boat for myself, one that suits me and my needs and uses. Not sure what it will look like but I know I have never seen one like it. I have alot of ideas going around in my head, so thought I would do the canoes and kayaks first for others, and in the process figure out how I want to do one for myself. Cant thank you enough for doing this blog. Im sure their are MANY LJs now and in the future that this will help. Thanks buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 08:15 PM

hoss, thanks for the kind words. Ask all the questions you want, I’m willing to share what little I know. If you’re like me, when you build one, it only makes you want to build more. It’s a lot of fun. Thanks for following.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#9 posted 12-24-2015 11:09 PM

David Taylor, thanks, I hope it helps.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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