|Project by Kennethjg||posted 07-14-2016 06:14 PM||1726 views||8 times favorited||25 comments|
I started this late in 2014 and finished around the summer of 2015. Had I known about lumberjocks back then, I may have blogged the build to chronicle the progress and the obstacles I encountered and how I worked around them, and the some of the tricks I came up with to make it go a little easier, if not for anyone else building a boat, than for myself. Someday I may wanna build another one, or I may look back and remember all the frustration and anxiety I experienced and decide not to do it again.
It all started the summer of 2014 when I was talking to my foreman about buying a canoe so my girlfriend and I could go on the river together, because all I had was a single person kayak. He said something along the lines of “why don’t you just build one?” It couldn’t be that hard.”
Little did I know that it would take me 9 months to build.
Had I taken a week off work and really hit it hard, I could have gotten it done much faster, but I just worked on it when I wasn’t at one of my 2 jobs or spending time with my girlfriend.
Anyway, I looked at an Instructables build of one (which turned out really downplay the detail of the build), and came to the same conclusion as my foreman.
Then I bought the cedar strip canoe book, I forget the name, and gave that a read, and ordered plans.
Luckily I had access to the cabinet shop I work at, otherwise I don’t know how I would have milled the 20 foot material in my garage.
After setting up the forms, I started wrapping them with strips.
It was a slow pace for me, just because I only had small blocks of time to do it.
At some point (I forget where) I stopped on one side and finished out the other.
Then marked my center line and instead of trying to hit that line perfectly with a chisel all the way down, I took a circular saw with a veneer blade and set the blade just past the cedar strips and cut it that way. Carefully guiding it along made a perfectly straight centerline.
After that, it was a matter of just closing in the hole.
After that was when the fun part started: all the shaping and sanding. It was quite an experience to watch it go from a rough, glue-splooged mess into a sleek canoe.
I used west systems epoxy and fiberglass cloth, as per the recommendations of the book, then I was able to flip it and start working on the inside.
Shaping the inside was a little tougher, but it just took some patience.
I used ash for the gunwhales
And lots of clamps.
Anyway, before I shut down lumberjocks with this post, I’ll finish with this:
If you want to build a boat, but you have any reservations about doing it, just go for it. I’m no master craftsman, and I built one in a single car garage.
It was a really fun and exciting build, and now I have a functional boat to take out on the water. It floats and tracks straight, and paddling by myself (my girlfriend doesn’t help much) I can get it going at a decent speed.
Even if I can’t catch the fish like my girlfriend can.
If you have any questions or anything, feel free to ask. I wish I had known about this site back then because I’m sure I could have found some advise with this build
-- It ain't custom unless you fucked it up.