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wow! What talent. The canoe looks great.
 

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Nice looking canoe, great idea to but your strong back on wheels.
 

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My favorite "one of these days" project! Beautiful job. Interesting bench too.
 

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Gorgeous! The side inlay is a beautiful touch. I built one in the 70's and it's still going strong. Almost too pretty to put in the water, but I suppose it's a little big to hang over the fireplace.
 

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Nice work. The design in the side looks great. I finished mine last year. You're going to have years of enjoyment out of this project. Is it your 1st canoe?

Kerry
 

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WOW that is amazing.

Great work.

Thanks for the post.
 

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Great looking canoe, & fine craftsmanship.

One like this has been on my list for years.

I also like the portable jig rack you built for making it.
 

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That strongback looks like it's a work of art in itself! Did you use the West system epoxy, or System 3? Great looking vessel!
 

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Same here Dennis…"one of these days"

Great craftsmanship Mike.
 

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superb works very impresses congratulation
 

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This is really a beautiful canoe! And what could make building it better than having your own personal sanding slave. :)
 

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That's beautiful! How was the experience building it? My wife and I would like kayaks and I've thought about building strip builts. Would you do it again? Any tips you learned along the way you'd like to pass along?
 

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Thanks for all the feedback!

Kerry: Yes, it was my first. I wasn't sure about getting into it at first, but I loved every minute of it. There is a wealth of information and very helpful people on several differnet internet sites that exist just for boat builders. I couldn't have done it without their help and input…especially when I did something wrong and needed to make a correction! :)

TexasGaloot: I didn't use either, I went with MAS Expoxies. The workability and cost were very good. I plan on using MAS again.

IowaWoodcrafter: It was a great experience. It took about two years to do, but I didn't have much time to dedicate to it and could only do little pieces at a time. Would I do it again? Definitely, as a matter of fact I just bought plans for kayak (shhh…don't tell my wife!) I would recommend this project to anyone that likes woodworking and being on the water. There's quite a bit I learned with that project and from the research I started doing for the kayak. Any questions you have, don't hesitate to send them my way. I can give you my opinion on techniques and design pros/cons, and point you in the directions of several websites I use to get information.

Thanks again.
Mike
 

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I too am going to build a Kayak, where did you get your plans? I've looked, and there are so many, I'm not sure where to start. Any input would be great. Thanks.
 

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Looking good!
 

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That is a great project.

And a Chestnut too. As a lad my Dad had a 14 foot Chestnut that we would trip about in. It proved to be too small and was sold to upgrade to a 16' Darren fiberglass…......

I sure wish I had that old Chestnut…....

Maybe I should build one… and that's another dream that won't go away.

Nice job on yours.
 

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Beautiful. I really want to build one of those.
 

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Mike,
What a great canoe. It's something I've always wanted to build. Seeing yours just might inspire me to get started on my own. Since you're not too far away from my place, I might hit you up for some pointers when I get that far. Great job!
 

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SWEET !!! very sweet. (That's boat slang for having fair curves for anyone not familiar)
How was sanding out the MAS? I've used System 3 ( Seattle product) and Cold Cure (Vancouver, B.C. product) and found they were a bit gummy to sand out: Products formulated for the North West cool damp conditions during curing.
If that's you in the photo ~ I'll bet your Dad is very proud….. just kidding. It's great to see a young guy involved in a family project. As a retired shop teacher, I saw less and less of it and more and more kids in trouble. geee ... wonder if there's a connection.
Hope you take that young guy fishin for all of his hard sanding. Now whay won't my wife sand? I promised to take her fishin! ;>)

David
 
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