The strongback and forms

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Blog entry by roaddog posted 02-17-2010 08:15 AM 5396 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago I decided I was going to build a cedar strip canoe. I picked up Canoecaraft from Bear Mountain Boats and decided on the 15’ Ranger. I drew out the station molds in October and then had to wait until after Christmas before I could start making any sawdust. In the last two weeks I have made the strongback and have just about finished the forms.

The strongback

I set the forms up on the strongback with spring clamps and then checked the entire area to be stripped for any high spots or problems. There are a few bumps to sand out but nothing too bad for the most part. It’s quite a thrill to finally set the forms up and see what the canoe is going to be like. It’s a bit of a tank but I chose the Ranger because it is a good load carrier and it would fit in the garage. I was looking at some longer boats but decided to put a wall in the garage to avoid any spousal disputes :)

Another view

It has been a lot of work just to get to this point. I guess the average first time builder puts between 150-200 hours into a canoe. Most builders say about half that time is spent scraping, planing and sanding so I imagine I’ll have a good idea of what cedar tastes like in the near future.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 10:01 AM

good luck with it
it´s looking great so fare


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#2 posted 02-17-2010 11:42 AM

sounds like a lot of fun

im jealous

keep the blogs coming because i am interested in seeing the canoe at the end


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 02:17 PM

I will be watching this every step. My plan was to start after Christmas also but things get in the way. Like yesterday when my son took my select 2×6 I had saved for the hard back for a garage he is building.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 07:23 PM

Look forward to reading more. I’ve wanted to make one myself.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 02:39 AM

I’ll be following your progress – I’d like to build a “stripper” myself – have built two stitch and glue kayaks but this is a different league – keep us posted.

-- John

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