Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 28 Time To Turn It Over

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 01-28-2016 11:53 PM 1666 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The filler coat of epoxy has cured, and I sanded it with 80 grit, then sanded with 120 grit. Once again the beautiful, shiny hull is now whitish. I’ve checked it and the epoxy is thick enough to have taken the sanding without sanding into the cloth. This means it is finally time to turn this canoe over and have a look at the inside.
The first thing I like to do is remove the screw on each end that holds the stem form in place.

The other stations have one screw in each side. I just went up one side and down the other removing them.

The stations all go on the same side of the cross pieces, so there is always one station that has screws that are hard to get at after the canoe is built. I use an angle drill, but if you don’t have one you can put them in from underneath at an angle upward, and remove them the same way. As you can see, the drill doesn’t fit in there.

This is all the hardware that was needed to hold everything in place.

Now the whole thing is unfastened and just sitting on the strongback. I just slide one end over to one side until it is close to the edge. Be sure to wear gloves when doing the next steps, the cloth hanging down has cured epoxy on it and is very sharp.

Next I go to the other end and lift it just a little. Then move it over like the first end, and let it go down into the holes in the strongback very slowly, and carefully. As you ease it down onto the strongback you will hear a crunching sound, this is OK, it’s only the extra cloth on the edges giving way.

Now back to the first end and do the same thing. It’s kind of heavy, due to the plywood stations being inside. Sometimes a station or two may fall out on it’s own, but I would rather they stay put, then I know they will not get in the way. It’s also very top-heavy, so you have to do this slowly or it will topple right over onto the floor. I know some of you are probably thinking that it would be smarter to get some help, and it would be, but I’m not known for my superior intellect. So, if all has gone well, this is what it will look like now.

When doing this you have to think things through. I did not, but fortunately I saw these screws before it was too late.

I had put these screws in when I was putting on strips. I was using an exacto knife to trim little spots on the joints, and I would set it on the cross-piece. It kept rolling off onto the floor, so I put in the screws to keep it where I needed it. I told myself I would remove them before turning the hull over. You know how that goes. I hate to think about the damage it would cause if that heavy canoe landed on them. Now go to the open side of the hull and see what you have. All the stations except the end ones are off the strongback. Just grab one and move it back and forth a time or two and it will come right out.

Now all that is left inside is the end stations. You will remove them after the canoe is turned over.

Step up to the center of the hull and put your hands inside. It’s lighter now without the plywood. Lift it up and take a step backward, then set the canoe down on the edge of the strongback and slowly roll it down onto it’s bottom.
Next is to address the end stations. They are screwed to the stem forms, so unscrew them and remove these two stations.

All that is left is to remove the stem forms. I do this as the book suggests. They don’t touch the bottom of the hull, so you just pry them out. Put in a scrap piece of board to protect the cedar, and to distribute some of the pressure. Then take a pinch bar and just carefully pry it out.

Here is a picture of the stations after getting them all out. Now you see how important it is to tape them. If you don’t use enough tape you stand a chance of gluing the hull to the stations.

So here we are. If nothing else, it looks better turned over.

Now I will trim off the extra cloth. It is sharp and needs to go before doing the inside. This is what I usually use to do the job.

Most of the cloth can be trimmed with a sharp utility knife. It works great.

If you come across some really thick epoxy a sharp draw knife works well.

When you’re done trimming you will have this sharp edge. A sanding block will take care of it.

Now it’s looking pretty good.

There are many hours of sanding ahead, but the next job is to make a sort of cradle to hold the canoe. It needs to be a little lower so it will be easier to work on. Well, that’s all for now,. See you next time.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 12:16 AM

You do a excellent job of explaining everything. That looks great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 12:23 AM

Hey, LOOK! It IS a canoe !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 12:28 AM

hoss, thanks buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 12:30 AM

Joe, old buddy, yes it is. You had me convinced that it wasn’t, so when I wanted it to be a canoe I would lay on the floor and look up at it. Worked every time haha. Have a good evening my friend.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 01:42 AM

Looking great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 03:01 AM

Great, when I read ” but I’m not known for my superior intellect” I had a laugh, you and me both! some people may call me simple but I am always the guy to get it done! Every blog I read has taught me something I will use when I get around to building my Canoe, Thanks.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 01-29-2016 12:22 PM

I am really enjoying your blog. I probably will never make one but now I have an appreciation of what is involved.

I look forward to the updates.

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#8 posted 01-29-2016 01:13 PM

Great Blog, Everything is explained completely. The canoe is looking very good. I don’t envy all the sanding you have left to do. Looking forward to the next blog update.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#9 posted 01-29-2016 07:28 PM

Thanks all.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#10 posted 01-30-2016 01:55 AM

Ships can tip and so canoe. Saw that on a tip jar once ;)
That looks great! I would have ruined it by throwing it in the water already.

-- Brian Noel

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