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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 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

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

107 posts in 1983 days


#4 posted 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

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 1981 days ago

Very great project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Woodhacker

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#9 posted 1981 days ago

Beautiful job Fred. It looks great!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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fred4999

107 posts in 1983 days


#10 posted 1980 days ago

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 1973 days ago

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

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fred4999

107 posts in 1983 days


#12 posted 1942 days ago

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 1942 days ago

Wow what a Nice Canoe

-- Jim, Kentucky

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buckfill

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#14 posted 1847 days ago

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 1644 days ago

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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