cedar strip canoe

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Project by Mike posted 07-29-2013 08:06 PM 3648 views 15 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my older projects that I thought people might enjoy looking at it.

This is a 17’ cedar strip canoe. I put it together without using staples. Took over 400 hours to make as I had to learn how to do each step as I went. Luckily there are several boat building forums with people willing to help. Woods include red cedar, black walnut,, cherry and ash. The outside has 2 layers of fiberglass and the inside has one. I’ll never get over how a white piece of cloth turns transparent. Just goes to show, you can never have to many clamps.

It was a fun project to build with my boys and I hope I find as much time to paddle it as I did making it.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 08:10 PM

Beautiful Mike! Memories in the making and using that baby! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 08:17 PM

Wow. That a big work. Nice job. Love the canoes too. You do a awesome work. Congartulation and good paddles!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 08:26 PM

The last picture says it all! I’d have that big a smile if I were fishing from your canoe!

This seems like a good place to quote one of my Dad’s favorite jokes.

“Canoe, canoe?”

I didn’t say it was a good joke.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 08:47 PM

Wow very nice! I made one a few years ago, but I used staples. It looks better if there are no little holes.


-- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 08:56 PM

An amazing project!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 09:03 PM

Wow that’s a real work of art Mike,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 09:19 PM

Beautiful canoe! You have done a very fine job! Also, I see from your fifth picture that you know how to properly catch a fish and not disgrace it!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 09:20 PM

That is one beautiful boat!

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 09:23 PM

No stapling to the forms on the strongback?
How did you hold the individual strips in place as you laid them out?

Though of building such a project, but SWMBO wouldn’t permit the exile of her car into the elements for as long as this would take “ME” to get it completed.

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 09:55 PM

wow, can you show us the build for this?
very very evry nice work, may your great great grandkids enjoy it someday.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#11 posted 07-29-2013 10:51 PM

amazing job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 12:23 AM

Flat out magnificent!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 12:29 AM

Stunning job. Well done

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 12:50 AM

Holy Smokes just doesn’t quite do it Mike !
That is a BEAUTY my friend.
(That Bass is a beauty too !)

Great to see a smile on your able bodied helper too.

Best post I’ve sen in a while.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#15 posted 07-30-2013 02:05 AM

Stunningly beautiful. Love all the extra details with the walnut and ash. Someday I hope to attempt something like this and combine my love for woodworking, boating, fishing just as you have. Looks like your son knows how to catch those Largemouth bass too.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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