A couple years ago I took my two oldest children to nearby Hagg lake for their first fishing trip. They were bored after about 30 minutes, so we walked over to a little hut and rented a canoe. I like to try my hand at something different from time to time and, recalling how much my children enjoyed the boating and not the fishing , I turned my attention to making a cedar strip canoe in the late summer of Though some steps of construction are tedious, a nice thing about many boats, and canoes in particular, is that they combine artistry, woodworking, and some interesting design problems. The strip-style canoe is a relatively-modern approach to canoe-making.
Other than Ceader strip canoe, they are just a lot of work to make and maintain, so I put solid rails on this one. Once the glue for the inner stems has firmly set up, they can be attached to the stem mold with a screw through the last hull form into the end of the stem and a screw through the other end of the stem into the Exgirlfreinds nude from. Attach with cove side up to hold a bead of glue. Anyone can replace a radiator too; but having experience, skill and the right tools are the difference between a half-hour job done right the first time, and three days of torture, frustration, and an eventual tow to the Cader shop to complete a botched attempt. Share it with us! Now dtrip the strjp Ceader strip canoe pulled, being careful not to dent the soft cedar.
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A practical account of my experiences and a brief guide to building a cedar strip canoe. It includes links to stories of using the canoe for wilderness camping and fishing. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Read books about cedar strip construction techniques. I read Canoe Craft twice before I started the project.
These can be purchased from Bear Mountain, Chesapeake Light craft www. They can also be created from tables of offsets, using a process called lofting. The forms are attached to the station blocks on the strong back with drywall screws, taking care to line up the centerline of the forms with the centerline of the strong back. The strips will be glued along their edges and stapled to the forms. Some protection on the forms is needed to keep dripping glue from permanently sticking the hull to the forms.
Use the table saw with feather boards clamped to the guide and table to keep the strip thickness uniform. A circular saw with a guide jig for cutting the strips is shown in the photo. The strips used for the stems need to be steamed and clamped onto the stem forms then allowed to dry before gluing them together.
Once the glue for the inner stems has firmly set up, they can be attached to the stem mold with a screw through the last hull form into the end of the stem and a screw through the other end of the stem into the stem from. Now comes the fun part. Start attaching strips to the forms at the part of the form closest to the strong back and work towards the center of the hull. The strips are glued together at their edges and stapled to the forms.
Once the hull is completely stripped it is time to trim the strips flush with the bow and stern stems. Now all the staples are pulled, being careful not to dent the soft cedar. If a few staples are forgotten they will be found in the next step for sure. The joint where strips meet at curves in the hull are a little squared off.
These joints need to be planed to make the hull smooth. Fiberglass cloth is laid over the hull so that it extends just past the stems, then smoothed with a soft bristle brush. Epoxy resin and hardener is then applied to the cloth in small batches, working from side to side, in about 2 to 3 foot long sections.
Three coats are needed. A cradle must be constructed to hold the upright hull. Carpet scraps suspended from brackets attached to the strong back will work. Glue beads can be scraped away. Sand paper wrapped around a plastic bottle will help fit into the curves of the hull. Fiberglass cloth is laid inside the hull and held in place with clothes pins, then smoothed with a soft bristle brush. The cloth is just short of the inside stems.
Epoxy resin and hardener is applied as was done on the outer hull. Only 2 coats are necessary. Gunnels are long strips of wood which are attached inside and outside to the top edge of the hull to give it rigidity when combined with the thwart. Seat frames are usually made of hardwood. Ash is typical since it is flexible, but other wood varieties will work. The seat pad can be made with chair caning, strapping or webbing, left over cedar strips, or plywood.
Now you have a beautiful shiny new canoe! Use a grit sandpaper to rough up the surface, both inside and out. Paddle your canoe.. Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Great Outdoors Contest!
This was a fantastic instructable and just stunning to look at! This goes beyond being a canoe, but just plain art! Love it!! Good luck! Reply 6 years ago on Introduction.
Thank-you for the kind words. I didn't really expect to become a finalist, nor did I expect view in less the a month and a half. I just like to create something I can use and enjoy documenting and sharing the process.
I just can't get over how beautiful that canoe is. I would love to know what you do with these besides show them off. What I'm saying is what kind of waters do you take them in? Or do you even take them out at all. Also, where do you buy kit for these canoes, or did you make it from scratch. I do have a lot of questions because I'm really interested in these kind of canoes.
I really enjoyed the read on this project. It was well thought out in its planning and in your explanation of the steps and details.
Thank you for sharing this, and I look forward to your future projects. Sincerely, RT. This is absolutely beautiful! I love your fixtures I love your attention to detail.
I love your quality of workmanship. Someone posted an alarming question as to paint color. Hide such beautiful work, such lovely wood grain. I just cannot say enough. I have 3 plastic Coleman 14' canoes and I'd sooner have a wooden canoe than a plastic. You see wildlife as it was meant to be. Also you can sneak into places to watch the wildlife with out scaring them.
I bought plans to make a kayak using the technique of gluing from slats but I can not understand how to write these dimensions from the array where to start. Question 1 year ago on Step 3. Hi, I am very pleased with your canoes and descriptions. Thank you. Do you get this kind of coordinate plans in the book canoecraft or you have to buy them separately? Best regards, Jure. Answer 1 year ago. In the book "CanoeCraft" are tables of offsets for a few designs. You need to layout the hull cross sectional shapes on a grid using the numbers in these tables.
Question 1 year ago on Step 5. Hello, i just started my first canoe project. Started cutting out molds and my center mold seems very shallow. Is this right? I just copied some plans and want to make sure i did it right. If you want to make it a little deeper you can add a few strips if your molds are long enough to attach them.
Reply 3 years ago. Reply 2 years ago. Wow, what a beautiful creation! So proud of your work! I wish I could make one, but, no cedar here on the Prairie that is not gold cost,and above all, no garage You do make it look easy, which I know for sure it is not A bit of work but worth it for the comfort and comments.
I built the Ranger in about 6 or 7 weeks but that included taking one hull, completely glued up, and burning it. Too many gaps.
Great learning experience. I didn't loose money selling them, but your figure per hour isn't far off! Their both hanging from ceilings of the purchasers. I'm in the process now, of getting everything together to build the 16' Prospector and another Wee Lassie for my grandson who just turned 7. One trick i learned is to sand the outside down with a 9" air opperated DA designed for autobody work.
No plane, scraper or anything.
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I am building a cedar strip canoe. Yeah, you heard that correctly Why am I doing this you might ask? Well, because I love boats and have always been in love with the idea of building them.
I am fortunate enough to have the garage space to complete the project and three cool roommates that don't mind me making a huge mess-Or at least they haven't complained yet! As you can imagine this is quite a labor intensive process. These strips are expensive because they come with a grooved edge so that the pieces fit together tightly, thus providing a good seal hopefully-water tight!!!
They are also really beautiful and will make up for my lack of boat building experience and overall mediocrity. This canoe project presents many challenges. Another important challenge is having a finish product that actually floats.
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For Reals!!!!! With this overwhelming donation you will receive a share of the naming rights to a possible first born child of mine no guarantee that said child will ever arrive , a canoe ride on the gorgeous Willamette River, a special autographed photo with me and the boat as well as, of course: my everlasting love and admiration.
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