A curiosity of a cedar strip canoe

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Blog entry by metolius posted 03-09-2020 07:20 PM 542 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

14 years ago, I was paging through wooden boat magazines and was thinking that building a cedar strip canoe might be fun.

I really wanted to do it but I realized some hurdles. – It would occupy all of my available workspace for a long time – I didn’t’t live next to water – I didn’t have a trailer nor a place to store one ( or store a boat ) – My family might not use it much at all

My solution : Builld a scale model and decide further from there

A model would me through the fun part without having to think of what to do with a boat that may or may not float. Also, I wouldn’t have to have much concern about engineering around draft and wobble.

I found software from that helped in design and printing out cross-section templates for the form. The software is super cool. I hope the author continues to work with it.

I designed a canoe with an enclosed seating area and a barrel back;, a back that is similar to some mid-century chris-crafts. At some point not long later, I stripped down some cedar fence planks to started a 1/4 scale model, about 40 inches long.

The cross section templates were cut out of 1/4 inch MDF and the base spine with 3 layers of 3/4 MDF.

I puttered around it in the evenings after dinner for a while. The small scale was easy to work with. I bent strips with a heat gun. I found the heat gun also dried glue very fast making a fairly quick pace, never waiting for glue to dry.

Around the time I was getting done with the lower structure, I was considering whether to fiber glass it before flipping it over; or leave it as-is. Then my first child was born. 2 years later I had 2 kids and I had moved out of state. I packed it with us, but it never made it out of its box. Instead, it was shelved in a dark corner and mostly forgotten.

Fast forward to last weekend, I was on a clean and purge binge in the shop when I came upon that box. I invited my youngest son to open it, and we looked it over and discussed strip kayak building techniques.

He wants me to finish it,

My wife’s thought is that its form is nice as it is and and with some cleaning up could be a wall hung fixture.
( And she comments that I have enough projects planned and in progress )

From this picture, you may be able to visualize the barrel back flow.

Where it will go is the future’s story. Working on a scale canoe/kayak was fun,

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 03-10-2020 01:51 PM

Funky design! I like it a lot. Haven’t heard of that software. I am in the middle of a strip built kayak build now. It’s been a fun project for me. Good luck with yours!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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