Cedarstrip Canoe

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Project by Cedarbender posted 08-17-2009 02:58 PM 2807 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This canoe was a father/son project to celebrate Chris’ graduation. It is a solo camping canoe specifically designed and built for use in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area which borders with Canada. Lots of people say “how could you even think of getting it wet!?”. But these canoes are surprisingly tough and if the get scratched (and they always do) you just give them a gentle sanding and give them a fresh coat of varnish and they are literally better than new.

The last photo is Chris holding a bass in front of his canoe in the BWCA. Mission accomplished.

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 03:49 PM

Hi kkickback

If you stay on top of it (which we did not) you can turn one out in about 5-8 weeks. Building the hull is only part of the process. There’s a LOT of hardwood trim work involved and it’s all handwork with planes and razorsaws. It was a wonderful learning experience for me as my brain is trained to think in terms of strait right angled cuts and shapes etc. This project was nothing but arcs and bevels and curves.

Entire project from start to finish is documented at my (crude) website;

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 03:53 PM

That’s a real piece of craftsmanship, Bender. Congrats!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 03:53 PM

It looks too good to put in the water.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 04:12 PM

Eight years ago when I built my shop I had visions of building a 20 foot strip canoe. It would have been possible then but not now cause there isn’t enough room. I still have visions of building one. Your canoe is very nice. Congratulations on a job well done.

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 04:13 PM

What’s going on in the second picture?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 04:42 PM

What a beautiful boat. If I only had more access to waterways locally, I would have to build one of these.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 05:23 PM

Wow!!! I’d be so proud you did an outstanding job .

Great craftsmanship.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 07:41 PM

Every time I see one this beautiful, I get the urge to try it myself. maybe someday…

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 08:03 PM

Fantastic.. really beautiful. What does it weigh?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 08-17-2009 08:17 PM

Awesome boat, great job.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 08-17-2009 08:20 PM

J.Johnson – in that second pic that is my son and I adhering the fiberglass to the wood hull. Amazing thing is this is actually a fiberglass canoe with two skins – one inside and one outside. The weave of the fiberglass is then filled with additional coats of epoxy until smooth. On top of that goes at least three coats of a U.V. protection spar varnish because epoxy cannot handle UV, it breaks down. The fiberglass really does wet out to be clear.

Rob – she tips the scales at 49 pounds and a lot of that is the hardwood trim and the epoxy. The cedar and raw fiberglass hardly weighs anything in comparison.

I’ve started on a second canoe. This one is for me and the missus for our own trips.

-- Tim ~ ~ Be an example worth following

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#12 posted 08-17-2009 08:50 PM

Man that’s sweet.

What a joy for many years, love seeing it…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 08-17-2009 08:54 PM

Awesome Conoe! What a great father/son project. I’m like the others, would hate to get it wet.

-- John @

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#14 posted 08-17-2009 09:23 PM

Great job on the canoe guys! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 08-17-2009 09:29 PM

Very nice work! That is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and I bet it is a lot of fun to use. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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