Cedar Strip Canoe Build #12 Almost There

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 12-27-2015 11:01 PM 1541 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At it again. Everything I do now is standing on the stool. To make it a little easier I put all the stuff I need on a scrap piece of hardboard. I can move that from one end of the canoe to the other. With everything there, I don’t have to get up and down a bunch of times.

Now the hole that’s left is short enough that two strips will make the run from end to end. Sometimes I will put in two joints just to make them come out right. Either way, it’s pretty easy to make the joints. When you sand in the scarf on the strip ends, make sure to always have the cove side up and the scarf will always be on the correct side, no matter which end of the canoe you start on. This works out well because you can start on the end that makes the scarf joint end up on top. This makes it much easier to mark the cut for the next strip.

I’ve switched to spring clamps now. The gap is too small for the other kind.

Even though the joints are fairly easy to make, once in a while it just won’t happen.

I tried that joint twice and still didn’t get it tight. I could leave it like that and fill it later, but I just didn’t want to. I can use the two pieces later on so it was no big loss, just irritating. Time to stop for lunch.
After lunch I got it first try. Everything went well and I had to quit a little early because I got what I call clamp bound.

I know a couple of these clamps probably have been on long enough, but there would still be quite a few for this little area. Sounds like a good stopping point to me. I’m calling it a day.
So, there are 30 strips on each side, but they are pretty short now. The hole is just shy of 6” wide at it’s widest point. It is 6’ 6” long. I will need 5 more strips to fill in the middle. The clamps will be in the way again but it shouldn’t take too long to finish up. The last piece of wood to go in is the hardest.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 12:42 AM

That looks so good! A buddy who builds Canoes uses PVC pipe with one cut through it as small clamps on his build.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 12:49 AM

Looking good. Can’ t wait to see how you fair it out. Thanks for sharing

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 01:13 AM

That looks great. This is prolly a stupid question but does it matter if you start on the bottom or top? Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 02:10 AM

That is looking great!

-- Brian Noel

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 10:21 PM

Andre, I’ve heard of that, never tried it. Will keep it in mind. Thanks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 10:23 PM

English, it won’t be long. I’ll try not to keep you waiting too long.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 10:26 PM

hoss, that’s an idea I’ve never thought about. I don’t think it would work, but it is interesting think about. I’m not sure what it would look like when you got down to the sheer line.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 10:29 PM

bearkatwood, yes it is, thanks for following.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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