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Project by fred4999 posted 11-12-2008 08:08 PM 6433 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my third canoe. I used western red cedar strips 1/4×3/4 bent around forms on a strongback, edge glued and held together by statples until dry, then pulled the staples, sanded, sheathed it with polyester fiberglass, added the seats, gunnels and presto – a canoe is born. I built this in 1986 and still use it. It is 16’ long and 36” in the center.

-- Fred, Georgia





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savannah505

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#1 posted 11-12-2008 08:55 PM

Super job, I love the beauty of the wood showing like it does.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Bill Akins

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#2 posted 11-12-2008 09:20 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. I love cedar canoes.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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PetVet

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#3 posted 11-12-2008 09:58 PM

Really a nice job. Love wooden canoes, tenders, boats. If you had to guess, how much do you think it weighs?

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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fred4999

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#4 posted 11-12-2008 11:04 PM

Thanks Dan, Bill, and Rich.

I think it weighs about 75 to 80 pounds. I am still able to lift and carry it on my shoulders bracing it with the center yoke, which is about the balance point. I have been thinking of adding a thin keel – it is a pain to keep it in a straight path in a lake when paddling by myself unless I am in the center on my knees. I am more of a woodworker than a canoest. I got the plans from one of the how to build a strip built canoe books – I want to say the author’s name was Gilpatrick. I’ve loaned the book out and never got it back. I need to add books to my list of things not to loan out which includes wifes and chainsaws. I still have my chainsaws. Now I am off to look at Bill’s and Rich’s stuff.

-- Fred, Georgia

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brianinpa

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#5 posted 11-13-2008 02:21 AM

Looks great. This has been on my project to do list for a long time. For now it is going to stay on my list, but some day…

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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mmh

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#6 posted 11-13-2008 02:27 AM

Wooden boats are so beautiful, especially when the wood is allowed to show and not painted over. Let’s go fishing!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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mmh

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#7 posted 11-13-2008 03:04 AM

I found this online: Gilpatrick, Gil. Building a Strip Canoe, DeLorme, Publishing Co., 1985 (see: http://www.wcha.org/build_restore/plans.html)

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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woodworm

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#8 posted 11-13-2008 03:29 AM

Very great project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Woodhacker

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#9 posted 11-13-2008 05:22 AM

Beautiful job Fred. It looks great!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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fred4999

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#10 posted 11-13-2008 03:39 PM

Thanks again, and thanks mmh, those were the plans I used. I am pleased that my memory remain fairly intact. Building the canoe gave me a lot of pleasure – especially seeing and running my hand over the curve of the hull. To me if you look at something and it makes you want to touch it – you have been won over! Thanks again folks.

-- Fred, Georgia

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dataman

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#11 posted 11-21-2008 01:35 AM

I just have to get going on my boat project after seeing yours!

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fred4999

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#12 posted 12-21-2008 06:24 PM

Something I did not mention, was that I ripped all the cedar strips on a Sears radial arm saw. Boy when I finally got a table saw I was in heaven. Life is Good!

-- Fred, Georgia

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jim1953

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#13 posted 12-21-2008 06:56 PM

Wow what a Nice Canoe

-- Jim, Kentucky

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buckfill

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#14 posted 03-26-2009 05:23 PM

Really nice looking canoe. I have started my first. Hope it lurns out as nice as yours.

http://building-cedar-strip-canoe-vs-buying.blogspot.com/

http://bucks-cedar-strip-canoe.blogspot.com/

Buck

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OregonBurls

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#15 posted 10-15-2009 04:35 PM

Love it! it is every man and boy’s dream to have one of these.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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