Cherry canoe

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Project by littlebear posted 1187 days ago 2251 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

100% cherry canoe.. Not an easy task to build. Common canoes are built using cedar wood because of its bending quality’s.
The canoe your looking at in the picture has been built using cherry lumber.
We had to drill each tack hole to keep the cherry from splitting ..
I think this canoe has about 380 very small brass tacks..I also had to steam the canoe planking for bending.
This is the only cherry canoe that I have built..

I have a Vision of building another one in the future. On my next cherry canoe i am thinking about having my uncle mill out some brass seats and thwarts for the inside of the canoe…
Hope you my little canoe.

This canoe is the only one of its kind in the world..

60” long 10” beam

1/4 scale

-- Ralphie Maine

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#1 posted 1187 days ago


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 1187 days ago

I looks beautiful…..what is the length and beam?

-- jbschutz

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#3 posted 1187 days ago

Aw, c’mon. How about some more photos? That is one pretty canoe and I would love to see some of the details. Very nice!!!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 1187 days ago

Wonderful work and a lot of it. Hope you have a little butt to set in it.


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#5 posted 1187 days ago

Hey Littlebear, heck of a job. You just gotta love cherry.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 1187 days ago

that is nice are you going to build an full size one it mite be easier to do

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#7 posted 1187 days ago

That’s a real piece of art. I have friends who have made the Cedar canoes but I’m not there yet. It’s on my wood bucket list.

-- Mesquiteman99

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#8 posted 1187 days ago

I thought your Cherry/Cedar canoe was really nice , but this one is exceptional . I have been watching you build this on your Shop Cam , and it’s very interesting watching your progress . Had no idea that it was all Cherry, wow ! Congratulations .

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#9 posted 1187 days ago

That is a one very nice project that you can surly be proud of. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 1187 days ago

Ralphie, What a canoe!! This is gorgeous and you should be proud of building this project.

I can’t zoom in on your last two pictures. When this happens generally an ! is not present at the beginning and end of the link for the pictures.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 1187 days ago

Very nice! great looking canoe.

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Jiri Parkman

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#12 posted 1186 days ago

Nice thing this canoe. What are you going to do with it?

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 750 days ago

Nice work

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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