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my 'Canoe Build' Planking

I started planking (or stripping) my canoe this past weekend with the help of my good friend Greg. I didn't get a whole lot done because I was reluctant to attach the first strip, and I just looked it it way too long. If the first strip is installed wrong, the whole canoe will look wrong, so this was a critical step. Anyway, I attached the first strip and away we went. Well, Greg had to leave and my wife took over and that didn't last long, so I had to make a device to help me handle those long strips. Imagine a strip of wood that is 1/4' by 3/4' and 20ft long, it's like holding a noodle. I have attached some pictures of how each strip is attached to the inner stems. Another picture shows how each strip is temporarily attached to the station molds by pin nails (Most use staples) that are pulled out later. Another pic shows a shot of the canoe starting to take shape. This is actually a fun project for me and I'm really enjoying seeing it come together. I'm already thinking about the next project, you in Greg???
February 04, 2013 at 8:39pm
15 Comments
huntnut Profile Photo
Posted February 05, 2013 at 6:21pm
Sweet

Sweet looking canoe there. You will have to show us the finished product.

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abeastandasavage Profile Photo
Posted February 05, 2013 at 7:06pm
canoe?

just would be to much stress for me!!! great talent!!

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wdietz Profile Photo
Posted February 05, 2013 at 8:57pm
Stress?

Beast - This is how I escape the stress of my regular job and trying to raise a 16 year old!

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kingcobia1 Profile Photo
Posted February 06, 2013 at 12:37pm
Canoe

Starting to take shape. Beautiful job, can't wait to see more.

Keep up the Great work.

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abeastandasavage Profile Photo
Posted February 06, 2013 at 6:40pm
wdietz?

i hear u!! girl or boy?? how do u plank around them curves without any gaps?? do u glue the strips , if so what kind of glue, if its not a trade secret??

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Posted February 06, 2013 at 6:49pm
BOY OH BOY!!!

All boy and he's at that age where I owe him everything! Those little strips have a cove and a bead on each edge allowing me to make those curves without gaps. I will try and get a close up photo ot the strips so you can see what I'm talking about.

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Posted February 06, 2013 at 7:38pm
cove and bead detail

Beast - here is a shot of the cove and bead detail. These are just glued together with white wood glue, I use Tightbond III glue. As you can see, tight curves might have a ridge at the joint but no gaps. After i'm finished planking, I'll sand the hull to knock down those ridges and it will be smooth before I apply the glass. After fiberglassing, it will be smooth as glass and 100% waterproof. I milled my own lumber, but you can buy the strips ready to plank, just can't buy sinker cypress strips!

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abeastandasavage Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2013 at 5:28pm
strips?

man, you are some good, thats really great!! i had 2 girls and believe me, it aint much different, maybe worst!! i wasnt as talented as you, so my stress relief was a few beers, still is, because i have grandkids now!! grandkids, kids, same thing to me, anyway!!! GREAT JOB, cant wait to see the finished product! please keep posting progress!!!

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Posted February 07, 2013 at 5:59pm
last nights progress

PLanking around bilge and working on closing in the bottom. Hope to have the planking completed this weekend. After that it will be fairing/sanding the outside hull then fiberglassing. So far, it coming out great and no major problems, it's quit enjoyable!! After fiberglassing the outside, i'll pop it off the mold, sand the inside, then glass the inside just as i did the outside.

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abeastandasavage Profile Photo
Posted February 08, 2013 at 7:07pm
fiberglassing?

what weight cloth and how wide and long is the cloth? is the cloth wide and long enuf for the whole canoe or is it strips and u have to overlap it? sorry for all the questions!!!

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Posted February 08, 2013 at 8:56pm
Cloth

Beast - The cloth is 6oz. and is in a roll that is 60 inches wide. It will be put on in one piece, inside and out. Drape the cloth over the outside then let it relax for a day, it will actually almost take the shape of the hull. Once the resin wets out the cloth, it will completely take shape without any wrinkles. Thats the plan anyway.

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Posted February 09, 2013 at 1:26pm
bottom

Closing in the bottom. This step has proven to be a challenge but is coming together nicely. Still hope to be finished planking this weekend.

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abeastandasavage Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2013 at 8:43pm
wdietz?

do you put extra cloth on the bottom?

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Posted February 09, 2013 at 11:39pm
Keel???

Beast - I'm thinking about adding a keel to the bottom, mainly to protect it against rocks and whatever I might run over. The only problem I have with the keel is that is will make it a little less maneuverable. This canoe doesn't have much rocker built in so it should track straight without the keel and at the same time still be fairly easy to turn. I would love input from all you canoe guys about adding a keel. But to answer your question, only one layer of glass on the bottom (and one on the inside).

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That guy in the white boots Profile Photo
Posted February 10, 2013 at 4:37pm
boat

That's beautiful. Might be sacrelig, but maybe a strip of kevlar or simular 1/2 inch strip of poly material for the keel. Like that white poly stuff we put on boat trailers to make the boat slide off easier. It looks like cutting board material.


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