time to paddle the canoe, not just yet

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Project by jomem posted 02-06-2012 06:48 PM 3048 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this project on 1/21. She will be 19’. Didn’t dream about making a 19 footer but after talking to a friend, I am. He mentioned that his father-in-law(Rex) made a few canoe and so the story begins. Met with Rex to pick his brain on the process any insights he had learned. By the end of our meeting, he had graciously offered to allow me to use his strongback then he really stepped up to plate & offered to come to my shop, help w/ set up & assist in starting the first few strips. WOW.

Anywho, so I set off on my journey. Found some 1×4x20 clear cedar. Cut it to 1/4” then ran all the strips through my router to cut the flute & bead. The accent strip is walnut w/ aspen diamond inlays made on the mortise press & aspen stock milled to 3/8” to fit the hole. Rex has made an addition to his stations by adding a groove to allow for clamping so there is no need for staples. Genius he was with this idea. Makes the stripping much easier. So glue, tape & clamps & here we go.

a special thanks to Rex!!!

I have added a picture of the groove routed into the station for clamping.

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 06:51 PM

Looking good,your getting close.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 07:06 PM

Love it! Can you show a more detailed picture of the clamping groove and how that works?? This will be a definite add to my soon-to-be canoe project. Thanks!

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 07:47 PM

Everyone should build at least one boat of some kind in their life. It’s a great experience to sit on the water and feel your creation come to life.
Good work and good luck with the rest.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 07:51 PM

Beautiful!! I have wanted to try this since I first saw one being built about 20 years ago. Keep us posted.Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 08:35 PM

Looking good thus far!

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 12:10 AM

oh Man ,

that’s just not right .that’s supposed to be in my shop

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 03:35 AM

Someday, someday I will make one. Keep us posted.

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 05:20 AM

What a great project…...probably a dream to many lumberjocks, myself included. Take alot of pictures and keep us updated. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#9 posted 02-07-2012 06:21 AM

I think you will be glad you didn’t use nails to hold the strips together. I am glad that I didn’t and really like the nice clean look. Nice boat!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#10 posted 02-07-2012 07:16 AM

While not totally completed, you are certainly making excellent progress. Being able to borrow that strongback certainly put you forward quite a bit. I bet the guys that are doing these builds from ground zero are cussing you out now… Since it’s 19’ long, I have to assume the rocker is pretty low on this. At least that’s kind of the way the strongback looks…

Post up when she’s done and in the water. Would love to know how she handles…. Looks like a great boat to take on a fishing / camping trip along a nice quiet lake…

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 04:59 PM

Lookin good! I am Green with envy!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 11:15 PM

You will be very proud to show this project off. I built two 16 ft’s many years ago. The first one was my own design (not a good idea) using 7 1/2 oz. fiberglass cloth. This conoe weight was 80 lbs. I did not keep it very long. The second one was some plans that I got from the Minnesota Conoe Assocation. This one was a much better design and I used 4 oz fiberglass cloth. It’s weight was 50 lbs.
One thing you will have to keep in mind when you are finished. You will have a conoe that you have spent a lot of hours making and it will be a work of art. It will be a conoe that you have to get your feet wet when you put it into and out of the water, because you will not want to scratch it up on the rocks.
Also, when you are done, you might consider making your own paddles.

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 04:34 AM

Looking good, Clever idea with the station groove. I’d like to see the finished product.

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