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#1 posted 05-02-2011 06:00 AM

I have the book Harry mentioned. “Building a Strip Canoe” by Gil Gilpatrick. Mine was published in 1979. by “DeLorme Publishing Company”, Yarmouth, Maine,04096” ISBN 0-89933-000-2 in case you decide to go looking for it.

The last few Pages have 1/2 Size Form Templates for a number of canoes. And. Surprise! It also has Full Size Form Templates in a Pocket in the back of the book for a 14’ Puddle Duck, a 16’ Laker, a 16’ Whitewater, and a 19’ River Runner.

I’ve wanted to do one for a Long Time Now. I helped a friend in Ottawa build 2 of them from the same book. Very Easy to follow, Hundreds of Diagrams and Well Explained. They where Beautiful when they were done!! It’s not hard work by any means but it does take a lot of time.

It’s the “Strong Back” Method with Forms attached to it. Lay up the 1/4”x 3/4” Cedar or Pine Strips on the Forms and on and on. He prefers Cedar to Pine because of the Final Color and also the Weight is less.

The Strips are Natural Square Edge, butted together and glued. Fiberglass In & Out.

At one time I know that Lee Valley sold 2 Special Router Bits. One for cutting a Convex Edge on the Strips and one for cutting a Concave Edge on the Strips. Makes for a better and Tighter Fit, but not sure if it’s worth the effort.

Hope it’s of some help YT,

EDIT: I just checked Lee Valley. They are known as “Large Diameter Flute & Bead Bits” Item # 16J42.10 at $54.40 for the Pair and about $30.00 Each. Link is HERE if it works…LOL..

WOW! It Works!!


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