February 04, 2013 at 8:39pm
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???