Archive for February, 2010

First Strips and the Bungee Clamping Method

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I have put on the first few strips for the canoe. I have set aside the first 13 strips for each side of the canoe. I am using the bungee cord method to hold the strips in place while the glue dries. I have 20 one foot pieces of 1/4 bungee cord. I also have cut over thirty pieces of 2 inch long 1/4 inch dowels. I have placed the strips with the cove up so that it is easier to glue. I run 2 inches of glue then skip 6 inches then repeat for the length of the canoe. Once two strips are in place I start from the center and work to each end. I place a dowel in the cove and then tie a piece of bungee around the strips to hold the two new ones down. I place a bungee each mold and in between each mold, about one every 9 inches. I also use clamps to hold the strips close to the mold as the bungee can distort the hull. I have to keep cutting the 2 inch dowels as every time I drop one it seems they run under some thing like cockroaches. By the time I have done the 13 strips on each side I will have to get 2 pieces of 2 foot bungee.

Bead and Cove

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

I setup my router to cut the bead and cove on the strips. I cut the bead first because the cove is weak and would have gotten broken going through the router the second time.
I was amazed at how fast I was able to cut the bead and cove on all the strips, about five hours including an hour of setup.

With the strips done, I have finished phase 1 of the canoe. The second phase is to put the strips on the mold and fair the hull. The third phase is to put the fiberglass on both sides of the canoe and the fourth and final phase is to finish the canoe with the rub rails, middle thwart and deck.

I have matched the first 13 strips on both sides of the canoe for a better look. I have set a side another 24 strips for the turning of the bilge. These strips all have similar color and will complement the accent strips.

A Pair of Paddles for the Canoe

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I made two paddles for the canoe. A Greenland style double paddle and a ottertail single paddle. The Greenland paddle is made out of Western Red Cedar with Port Orford cedar inlay for the edges and weights only 1.75 lbs. The WRC is very light but is also a little too flexible for a touring paddle and is also too soft and weak to stand up to any abuse.

The ottertail paddle is made out of Douglas-fir and also only weights 1.75 lbs. The DF is is much heavery than the WRC and is prone to splitting so I splince the tip with Port Orford Cedar. Both paddles are finished with four coats of Daly’s Seafin Aquaspar varish. Being a water based varish it goes on very easily and has low VOC’s.

The cost of the wood for the paddles was only $6. Being lamintate paddles I was able to use serveral short pieces for the blades and a two long pieces for the handles.