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Strip build canoe #1: a year in the planing

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Blog entry by hunter71 posted 11-23-2009 01:42 PM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After the holidays I am going to embark on a project that I have been planing for over a year now. STRIP BUILT CANOE The red cedar was rough sawn this past spring and is stacked in the barn. My accent strip will be Ash and that is what has had me waiting as the Ash was green. We are not canoe people so I decided to build a 1/2 scale and hang it from the rafters in our log home. Any one with experience is welcome to jump in. I did buy Gilpatrick’s book and have read about everything I can find on the subject. This is just a display piece though but it needs to look good.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.



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papadan

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 01:47 PM

I will build a fishing boat sometime in the next couple years. Will be watching your progress.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 02:31 PM

I have always wanted to do a canoe or kayak ….. but I just don’t have the room in my basement shop…would never get it out.. LOL.
At one point in time I was really looking at this to do in the garage…..... but it hasn’t happen yet ! I think one of the best site around for this type of venture is Bear Mountain Boats. This place is not too far from me, and are a leader in strip built boats. Check out the link, there is a forum off their main page just for boat builders. Lots of information…..... Oh and the best book I have read is CanoeCraft…by Ted Moores… The owner of Bear Mountain boats.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 05:41 PM

I might be of some help, I’ve built several “strip” boats, everything from canoes and prams to duck boats and sail boats.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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Australiancanoe

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 02:19 AM

Hello, I am currently building a strip built canoe. I am not an experienced wood worker or anything so am enjoying learning alot. I got plans from bearmountainboats and same for materials. Ted moores book is really useful. I have been trying to check out Gilpatricks book also. Can’t find it anywhere. My brother says its pretty good too.

If you want to check out my blog its here…

www.jamescanoe.blog.com

good luck with your project.
regards

Australiancanoe

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papadan

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 03:22 AM

Rustedknuckles, I’m adding you to my Buddy list so I can find you when I am ready to start. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 03:33 AM

me too, I’ll be watching closely. I’ve been wanting to do a ceder strip boat for about three years. I think I finally have space and time in the upcoming year. I’m looking at building a 16’ x 5’ boat. I’m going all out with cubbies, details, and strength. It will be a trailered boat and I intend to have all the essentials for Bass fishing. Up here in Maine we have an abundance of smallmouth, and those are fun. Where I’m located largemouth are quite comoon also. Can’t wait until next year

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 01:45 PM

Think I will start a blog on my progress. I started taking pictures when my cedar was being cut.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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hooky

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 01:57 PM

put me on the list of curious people who want to see how it turns out

I have a friend who bought kayak plans and is going to make one so it will be good to see

Hooky
( i see anything out of wood and all i want to do is see how its put together and if i could make one even the cello my son is learning to play)

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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hunter71

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 01:24 PM

Bare with me, this blog thing is new to me. But I WILL get through it. Seems like the web site is friendly enough, just an old cogger learning it. Maybe I will get my grandaughter to help.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 02:19 PM

I built one cedar strip Kayak 20 + tyears ago…....didnt think it through and couldnt fit into it so I built a (redwood) cedar strip canoe…...............

it is critical that when you make the beam and fasten on the boards that make it shape, that the boards are “perfectly” tuned and parrallel, square to the beam on X Y and Z axis. Putting the beam on a concrete floor or any floor that shifts due to humidity/frost can change all the work youve done.

She was a beautiful canoe but when the X wife and I divorced her lawyer demanded half the appraised value to the tune of 2,750 bucks. At the time I was bitter so I grabbed my chain saw and cut it in half, leaving her half behind.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 02:22 PM

another point. I used a staple gun to fasten the strips to the boards and taped a block of wood to the gun which stopped the staples from going into the wood (the crown wasnt burried) and of course, water proof glue is a must.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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