Cedar Strip Canoe Build #5 #1: Caning A Seat

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 12-17-2015 10:56 PM 2234 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I chose to start caning the seats. The book has a section on it that is really easy to understand. Here are some things you will need to do the job.

In the picture above the roll on top and the small roll are the same size cane. The lower roll is wider binder cane. I use plastic cane because the natural cane loses it’s shape over time and will sag. The plastic will hold it’s shape for many years. The first move is to go from rear to front.

I like to leave the ends long so I can clamp the frame to the bench, but on this one I didn’t have the right length lumber so it is shorter . So as not to have too many problems with it I used a clamp to keep it upright.

The next move is to cane from side to side.

Then you have to cane from front to back again.

A picture of the back shows what is going on there.

After caning those three rows you tie off some loose ends.

Next is to cane from side to side again, however this time you have to weave the cane between the up and down rows. It’s easy enough to do, it just takes more time. I’m left handed and not having that left index finger really slows this down for me.

This last pic. shows that I got almost halfway down when I chose to quit for today. Maybe I can do more tomorrow.

I ordered the cane from H. H. Perkins. I got this when I built the first canoe, I think it was 2009. I don’t remember the price but one roll has done four seats, I just started the new roll to finish this seat. I think the cane was around $25.00. So add $25.00 for cane and the total now is around $310.00.
As usual, questions or comments welcome.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 02:07 AM

Nice start on the seat. Is this a standard pattern, or something you came up with?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 03:00 PM

Another good post. Enjoying seeing everything take shape.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 08:35 PM

JimYoung, sorry about that, I forgot to put that part in. The caning has it’s own section in the same book. It has the canoe plans, canoe build, seat frame plans, and caning. The book also has a section on canoe repairs, and making your own paddles. Anything you need to know is there, all in one nice book. Thanks for the comment.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 08:37 PM

matt, thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I will try to finish the seat tomorrow and get a couple more strips on. Maybe I will have a blog update tomorrow night.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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