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Building a cedar strip canoe #4: Shaping the stems

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Blog entry by roaddog posted 05-04-2010 07:39 AM 2482 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Bending the stems Part 4 of Building a cedar strip canoe series Part 5: Stripping the canoe up to the bilge. »

Well after a long wait I finally finished shaping the stems for the canoe. It was a lot of work but very pleasing. I had never made anything like this with a spokeshave and plane and after a little getting used to it I got comfortable with it and it went pretty smoothly.

Being a cheap wad I picked up a spokeshave at Harbor Freight for $7. I took it home and worked the face up a little on some sand paper and honed the blade and it worked great. I finally settled into doing the initial shaping with a little tiny block plane and then switching to the spokeshave. I occasionally would finish it off with a few light passes of the plane if it was a little rounded.

I’m gluing up the first two strips full length and then I’ll be ready to start stripping the canoe!

-- Sawdust tastes mighty fine! Doane, Seattle WA, http://www.boatstrips.com



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#1 posted 05-04-2010 11:07 AM

Hey Doane,
Looking good so far…nice job.

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 12:43 PM

would love to build one of these canoes, have many different style plans over the years but just never the time to get one started.
Have fun

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture, www.cedar-stuff.com

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 02:12 PM

Nice work. I build one a few years ago and have been documenting the process here too. You will be extremely happy when it’s all said and done.

Given it was a few years ago, and I only took pictures at selected times, I don’t have the degree of detail that you’re capturing here. I’m definitely going to follow along and relive the whole process.

Thanks for sharing

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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