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New Canoe builder

Discussion in 'Guestbook' started by Rob Learmont, May 12, 2019.

  1. Rob Learmont

    Rob Learmont Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello all,
    I just wanted to introduce myself and my project. I live in South New Jersey, near Philadelphia and have been a woodworker for most of my 50+ years. I have been wanting to build a cedar strip canoe for many years. I grew up in Northern Illinois and spent many hours canoeing the small lakes and rivers of Southern Wisconsin.
    A few years ago I ordered the plans for a Northwest Cruiser, but didn't have the room to build it, so I built a 1/12ths scale model. I scaled the prints and cut the forms, built the strongback and stripped it with 3/16ths strips of hobby wood. I think building the scale model helped me now that I am building the full size canoe.
    I created accent strips out of Spalted Maple and Walnut, I created them in an attempt at my humor (if you recognize the pattern you will get the joke). I made a herringbone pattern out of Spalted Maple and Cedar for the football and outlined it with 1/4" walnut. The inner and outer stems are Laminated Maple.
    I milled all of the strips myself out of cedar boards I hand picked from my local Lowe's. I did not do Bead and Cove, I chose to do square stock and rolling bevel, which wasn't too much of an issue for me.
    So far the build has gone pretty much according to plan, other than I didn't taper the inner stems enough for the outer stem to cover the strips so I had to add a filler. Now that It's sanded fair, it looks pretty good.
    I am just now finishing the outer hull sanding as I wait for the glass and epoxy to arrive.
    Thanks to everyone on the forum, I have read many, many of the posts prior to and during my build. and have gleaned much needed advice from all of you!
    I would love to see if there is anyone in my area that has experience with building Cedar Strip canoes.

    I attached a few pictures of my scale model and my current full sized canoe in progress.

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    Last edited: May 12, 2019
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  2. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Hmmmmm... distress signal even before completion... hmmmmmm... But it sure makes a nice geometric pattern!

    The spalted maple is beautiful.

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