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Project by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 01-04-2012 08:25 PM 5144 views 9 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a canoe I am currently building (current being early 2012). It is base based off of instructions and plans from Gil Gilpatrick’s book Build a Strip Canoe. Must of these are made from cedar, but it is more economical for me to use 1x pine boards, though I will be using walnut accents. I will post pics as I progress. Wish me luck.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 08:41 PM

HI pip Welcome to Ljs
This is a very impressive project ,it’s going to be one cool canoe.


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#2 posted 01-04-2012 08:59 PM

You should start a blog so we can keep track of your progress. I know I am very interested in building a canoe.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 09:29 PM

looks like your off to a good start. i have built 2 using gils book 1 with cedar from home depot and 1 with red cedar i cut. nice handling canoes. the red cedar is shown in my icon . goodluck

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 09:46 PM

nice start – - you always know you are on a good project when the jigs and fixtures take as long or longer than the project itself.

Look forward to seeing the final product

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 10:13 PM

When I did stick and skin kayaks with my Boy Scouts I found it to be quite economical to rip up 2×4s and splice when needed. Have fun, cannot wait to see the finished product.

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#6 posted 01-04-2012 10:18 PM

Looks like you are off to a good start. I built one using this method (my own design) about 12 years ago. The stripping seemed to take forever because I could only glue up 2 strips per side each night (they shifted if I tried more). Mine is cedar, but I also added a couple of strips of pine. Just be aware that pine doesn’t twist/bend as well as cedar. I believe all of the designs presented in Gil’s book were for cedar. So you may have to change your approach when you reach the tighter radius section (bilge, and bilge at bow/stearn).

Best of luck and if I can help please let me know.


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#7 posted 01-04-2012 10:19 PM

I’ve always thought of building one, keep us posted. And good luck.

-- Jeff,

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Gabe C.

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 10:42 PM

Pretty cool to see the process. Looking forward to updates. Good luck!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 11:08 PM

Please keep us posted with your progress! Enjoy!

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 01:28 AM

Looks great so far

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 03:01 AM

Very nice, hope you checked your doors and windows so you can get it out of the workshop once it’s finished :-)

I admire you – and all the others who have already built a canoe – for your patience. I could not bring myself to such complex jig building. That’s probably why I prefer tinkering about with rather small and crude projects.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 03:06 AM

Keep us posted. I want to build one someday. I have had the cedar for 2 years.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 03:11 AM

Got the same book, Pip, but have never gotten past reading about the project. I’ll be watching with great interest!

Your strongback and your stations look good!

-- 73, Bob

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 03:34 AM

Pip, this is a great start. I’d like to build one some day too. Please start a blog with pics if nothing else, I’d enjoy following it as I know many other LJers would as well. Good luck!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 05:12 AM

I used scrap pine strips for mine and am very pleased with the end result. I personally like the looks of knotty pine over clear cedar especially if it is cheaper:) I also used walnut accents and also some cherry. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out in my projects.

I wish you luck!!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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