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Strip Canoe With All Walnut?

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by georgerobert, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. georgerobert

    georgerobert New Member

    Howdy All -
    I recently came into a huge amount of walnut that is about 3/4" x 2-3" x 6-8 feet. It's in good shape, dry, about 15 years old, no rot, and it's been nicely weathered under the cover of a deck. With the help of a planer, a table saw, and a router table w/ the right bits, I'm pretty confident that I could make more than enough strips for an entire canoe. My question is to the experienced builders out there: is stripping an entire canoe in walnut like this a realistic option? Any drawbacks?
  2. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

  3. Jim Dodd

    Jim Dodd LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Weight !

    Walnut will not flex as nice as WR Cedar. You should consider cutting thinner strips to add flexibility, as well as reduce weight. Machine some Aspen to use in decorative strips.

    If I had decent Walnut ? I'd try and trade for some WR Cedar for a canoe build !

  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Walnut is dirty to work with, and I suppose it would be substantially heavier than cedar.
    Might make a cool accent strip!

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