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Project by Jimboe posted 02-20-2008 07:26 PM 3077 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted something that i could take out on the river. looked into kayaks and canoes decided on the canoe . It took me about 3 months to complete . Its made with cedar and pine with bent oak stems. I milled each strip 1/4 X 3/4 with bead and coves (what a job ). The decks, seats, yoke and gunnels are made of oak cherry and walnut.

The second picture is the form that the strips nailed to

The third picture is the process of adding the strips about 4 strips a day

The canoe was covered with fiberglass and epoxied . then sprayed with spar varnish.

They recomend not using oak but i was hardheaded …well after a while the oak started turning black . Had to take it back to the shop scrape and refinish the gunnels .

heres a better link

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#1 posted 02-20-2008 07:33 PM

Beautfuil Canoe!!!

I hope to build a boat someday!! How did you remove the nails?

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-20-2008 07:43 PM


That’s something I’ve always wanted to make.

I ripped a bunch of Redwood strips for a friend once, that’s as close as I got.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 02-20-2008 07:47 PM

Great job beatiful work. Ive been thinking about a canoe or boat for the last few months. did you use a plan or did you use your own lay out. What was your main source for reference. Again beautiful work

-- piper

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#4 posted 02-20-2008 07:48 PM

That is one fantastic looking canoe! Lewis and Clarke would be proud.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-20-2008 08:04 PM

Beautiful! Now I’m daydreaming about paddling across a calm expanse of water in the wilderness.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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Patrick Jaromin

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#6 posted 02-20-2008 08:31 PM

Looks like a very satisfying project…and a great looking finished piece. Where did you learn the techniques? Did you work from a plan? I’d love to see more construction details/pics if you have any. Very nice.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 02-20-2008 09:16 PM

Very nice canoe. Not only is it a satisfying build but it is a gorgeous one-of-a kind project as well. I am sure this one is unique.

Great project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 02-20-2008 10:16 PM

Came out beautiful! Looks like it was a real exercise in patience.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 02-20-2008 10:46 PM

Nice work. Back in the 70’s I built one very much like yours. At that time I belong to the Minnesota Canoe Association. It took me over 100 hours to build. The wight was around 50 lbs. About two years later I lowned it to my brouther-in-law. He brought it back with a crack in the side caused by a rock. I patched it and sold it for next to nothing. I still love my brouther-in-law.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 02-21-2008 02:32 AM

Awesome job!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#11 posted 02-21-2008 02:49 AM

Great looking boat… just keep it away from your brother-in-law…

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#12 posted 02-21-2008 03:02 AM

Awesome job! It’s been many years since the last boat I built; a 16 ft daysailer with a 6 ft beam, so I know how proud you must be. Overall I think I built six boats over the years. So much so that my ex-wife started calling me “Noah”.

-- Nothing says "I love you" like a new saw blade.

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#13 posted 02-21-2008 03:28 AM

Pat Heres a link to the day to day progress of the build ….pretty cool when i look back at it .

Chris …with a hammer and it took me a while LOL

Ron …i let my brother ride with his daughter …he lost control and grounded it in some rocks . Back to the shop to fill and varnish

gus I made one more canoe after this one its a one man canoe . Ill post some pictures when i find them . The second canoe came out alot better plus some of the details like weaving a cane chair and carving a nice yoke made it my favorite to date . Ive made forms for another canoe but just havent started on it .

Piper …i bought plans and a book …and lots of research online .

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#14 posted 02-21-2008 04:29 AM

Incredible and so beautiful. I started building one of these many years ago but stopped because I didn’t have the tools at the time. I would love to try it again some day.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 02-21-2008 11:34 AM

Beautiful job. You must have used the “Canoecraft” book. I looked at all of your pictures and the process is almost exactly the same (even down to the stands) I used for mine. The difference is you took only 3 months whereas I took 3 years to complete mine. Great job!

-- lobbster, Oregon,

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