dwclow: It wasn't made from a kit.
- Three major important things happened to get this
canoe paddling. Went to Maine to buy a pair of work
boots and find a canoe building book. Got the work
boots then made way for the book section. There it was,
though I didn't know it at the time, Gilpatrick's canoe
building book. Flipping through the pages I immediately
knew I could do this. Everything seemed so simple. Now
I had my instructions.<br>I didn't pick the lumber
for the cedar strips. Our local lumber yards don't
carry cedar planks. But it was one of these lumber
yards that ordered the cedar planks for me. I watched
and listened as the lumber yard worker ordered the
timbers from another yard. He explained to the other
company that the cedar planks were to be used for
building a canoe. He kept reiterating that fact. I
provided only the board foot quantity and
thickness.<br>Two weeks later the lumber arrived. It looked all
beat up. Rough. There was still bark on some planks.
The planks were cupped. The ends were cracked and
splitting.<br>Two things went right. I paid the lumber yard to
plane the cedar planks to 7\8in. thick. I spoke with
the man who was to do the planning. I told him the
timbers would be used for building a canoe. He knew his
work well. He planned all the planks to exactly 7\8in.
thick(+-1\64in.)while keeping material waste to a minimum. Consistancy
of cedar strip width is very important when
stripping the canoes hull. <br>Back to that phone
conversation: "it's going to be used to build a canoe", he
reiterated again and again. The lumber consisted of 7
planks. They came in lengths from 6 to 12 foot long(my
canoe is a 16 footer). I spent one Sunday afternoon
stripping all those freshly plane boards into canoe strips.
6 of those planks produced strips that had nice
longitudinal straight grains. The grains ran the whole length
of the strip on a great majority of them. One plank
produced irregular grains. Those resulting strips were
warped and twisted. I didn't use any of those strips on
the canoe. Good thing I ordered a few extra board
feet. <br>Conclusions: Good reliable instruction book;
Consistant planning of all cedar planks to the same
thickness; and cedar strips having longitudinal straight
grain. <br>This was my foundation. And it was strong.
And I got lucky with the book and the cedar planks.
I'm no expert at choosing grains.<br>Ricky I.
> JRsloan wrote:Hey JR!
> Reply: Hard to argue with a guy about armorplate if he never gets a
> ding. Meanwhile, how about a pix of this rig so the rest of us can
> see what we're trying to copy??? JR
So glad to see everybody back! I had almost given up hope.
As regards request for pics, be patient a little bit and I will dig
through old photos and post these later this week.