Strip Canoe #2: Stripping Is Done!

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Blog entry by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 02-02-2012 10:58 PM 5937 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have the stripping done. So, I thought I’d share some pics.

The pics get better. I promise.

I had a difficult time making the transition from vertical to horizontal across the stem. It felt to me like the stem form was getting in the way.

When I referred back to Mr. Gilpatrick’s book He stated that this may happen and if so do some trimming.

There we go!

The transition was still a bit of a bear. Three hands and plenty of screws required.

The staples don’t take to kindly to walnut.

I wanted to mix it a hair. So, I added a few strips of walnut. While I had a decent amount of walnut planed up I went ahead and made the thwarts and yolk. I plan on doing the same with the seats and use black vinyl strapping for the webbing.

I ended up using 72 ounces of Gorilla wood glue for the strips, thwarts, and yolk.I started out with 45 board feet pre-milled. I had about 3.5 B.F. post milled left over, and probably 2-3 B.F. in scraps.
So, the stripping is complete and it’s time for the glassing. I’m sorry to say, that due to a complete kitchen remodel I have start this March, this project will be on hold till further notice. I have to keep my priorities straight. ;) I’ve never done any kind of fiber-glassing so, I don’t really want any kind of distractions. And, This is a good place to stop.
If you would like to see more pictures, click on this link.
Thanks again for reading.

(I would like to apologize now for the some of the pics. I’m not sure if I’m formatting them right because when I previewed this blog a lot of them were getting cut off.)

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 11:09 PM

well a canoe for you
and a kitchen for her

it’s only fair

nice work you are doing here

thanks for sharing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 11:13 PM

When you said the stripping was done I really pictured under garments scattered about, a hot looking bru….you get the point. Lol.

It does look like quite the task to work the transition! All came out well from what I can see. Great job. Enjoy (if that’s possible during a remodel) your hiatus, it is well deserved. I look forward to following the “second act”!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 02:50 AM

I am impressed. That is a lot of stripping to do. You are going to fiberglass and epoxy outside?? What a shame to cover all that wood. If you are why not just have an easy frame and thick 3 coats of fiberglass and epoxy for strength? Serious question is what is glassing?

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 03:51 AM

I know what you mean when you say difficult time getting those last strips done. On mine I didn’t use any screws or nails just clamps, wedges, clamps, and more clamps.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 05:34 AM

Brings back memories. Nice job on the stripping. Looks like she will be a beauty on the water! The fun part (at least for me) is coming up.

The colors will really pop when you glass it.

FYI Phil, the fiberglass process ends up clear.

Pip – Here is a good link to learn about clear fiberglassing. Some of the best advice I have found.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 12:44 PM

that is certainly a wonderful job

how do you hide all the staple and screw holes

i will be waiting expectantly to see the finished canoe

PS i think i have to get of my bum and make one

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

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 05:17 AM

Man I’m really jealous. Would love to make one.
you did a great job and the walnut was a nice touch.
Making the paddles to match?

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 05:34 AM

A really neat project, and done nicely. Keep us posted.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 03:53 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Shanem- yes, some day I would like to make a set of matching paddles.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 12:33 PM

Congratulations! I love seeing your progress. I have been building a kayak for over a year, almost 2 now. I loved the woodworking. Fitting and fairing it out was really fun. The glass work was challenging and very messy but has everything to do with the outcome and durability. I did build paddles, it’s much easier than the boat and doesn’t really take that long to do. Good luck with the kitchen.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 03-07-2012 04:13 AM

Oh geez, someone got glue ALL OVER YOUR CANOE!!! (heh heh heh)
That thing looks great! What a satisfying project. I would love to build one of those. Thanks for posting, and I’m looking forward to seeing the continued progress.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#13 posted 03-15-2012 10:42 AM

My first canoe was on the strongback for at least a year. I had no experience with fiberglass and still have a lot to learn but with help mixing epoxy and spreading really is an enjoyable part of the build. Like sras stated the colors and grain will pop. you’ll be like DANGGGG did i build this?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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