well on Friday I started to build my first canoe. Is a solo canoe I picked from Laughing Loon. I chose this canoe because of the weight it carries for a single paddlerand the fact my garage is only 19'. After asking questions here and there I've now started. Day one was building the strong back I followed the instructions in Canoecraft and it took the better part of a day. I was taking my time and following the instructions. I found some 3/4" birch plywood at a price cheaper then 3/4 plywood and used it. I made a modification as I'm in the garage I made the two main boxes 7' long and the internal box 4 '. It is level on all areas and both directions. I did have to use leveling feet to make it so but as in the book this was to be an important step. I then marked the floor around the feet just in case it moved. I was pretty happy with the result and happy that I was able to get it level.