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Strip built cedar and ash canoe. 16ft Chestnut Special.
Apr 15, 2008
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#1 posted 04-15-2008 03:06 PM
wow! What talent. The canoe looks great.
-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.
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#2 posted 04-15-2008 03:11 PM
Nice looking canoe, great idea to but your strong back on wheels.
-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/
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#3 posted 04-15-2008 03:13 PM
My favorite “one of these days” project! Beautiful job. Interesting bench too.
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#4 posted 04-15-2008 03:40 PM
-- Paul, Texas
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#5 posted 04-15-2008 03:47 PM
Gorgeous! The side inlay is a beautiful touch. I built one in the 70’s and it’s still going strong. Almost too pretty to put in the water, but I suppose it’s a little big to hang over the fireplace.
-- Hailey, ID
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#6 posted 04-15-2008 03:55 PM
Nice work. The design in the side looks great. I finished mine last year. You’re going to have years of enjoyment out of this project. Is it your 1st canoe?
-- Alberta, Canada
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#7 posted 04-15-2008 04:00 PM
WOW that is amazing.
Thanks for the post.
-- Hope Never fails
Dick, & Barb Cain
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#8 posted 04-15-2008 04:43 PM
Great looking canoe, & fine craftsmanship.
One like this has been on my list for years.
I also like the portable jig rack you built for making it.
-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1
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#9 posted 04-15-2008 05:15 PM
That strongback looks like it’s a work of art in itself! Did you use the West system epoxy, or System 3? Great looking vessel!
-- There's no tool like an old tool...
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#10 posted 04-15-2008 06:11 PM
Same here Dennis…”one of these days”
Great craftsmanship Mike.
-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org
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#11 posted 04-15-2008 06:15 PM
superb works very impresses congratulation
-- jeanmarc manosque france
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#12 posted 04-15-2008 06:17 PM
This is really a beautiful canoe! And what could make building it better than having your own personal sanding slave. :-)
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#13 posted 04-15-2008 06:33 PM
That’s beautiful! How was the experience building it? My wife and I would like kayaks and I’ve thought about building strip builts. Would you do it again? Any tips you learned along the way you’d like to pass along?
-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter
#14 posted 04-15-2008 06:55 PM
Thanks for all the feedback!
Kerry: Yes, it was my first. I wasn’t sure about getting into it at first, but I loved every minute of it. There is a wealth of information and very helpful people on several differnet internet sites that exist just for boat builders. I couldn’t have done it without their help and input…especially when I did something wrong and needed to make a correction! :-)
TexasGaloot: I didn’t use either, I went with MAS Expoxies. The workability and cost were very good. I plan on using MAS again.
IowaWoodcrafter: It was a great experience. It took about two years to do, but I didn’t have much time to dedicate to it and could only do little pieces at a time. Would I do it again? Definitely, as a matter of fact I just bought plans for kayak (shhh…don’t tell my wife!) I would recommend this project to anyone that likes woodworking and being on the water. There’s quite a bit I learned with that project and from the research I started doing for the kayak. Any questions you have, don’t hesitate to send them my way. I can give you my opinion on techniques and design pros/cons, and point you in the directions of several websites I use to get information.
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#15 posted 04-15-2008 07:06 PM
I too am going to build a Kayak, where did you get your plans? I’ve looked, and there are so many, I’m not sure where to start. Any input would be great. Thanks.
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