Crafting the Cedar Strip Canoe
                               Set Up    •     Stripping    •     Laminating    •     Finishing

Finishing - gunwales more than pretty trim

First-time canoe builders in particular get excited by the woodworking, but suffer panic attacks when it comes time to laminate their canoe. Cedar strip canoes actually have more in common with contemporary plastic canoes than yesteryear’s wooden hulls. Laminating, the task of applying epoxy and fabric reinforcements is a dramatic milestone. Success lies with mindful perations. Plan to invest 20 hours in sanding and prep time for each side of the hull, two hours for the actual wet layup. A single cure cycle maximizes lamination strength and minimizes sanding. The process flows like this...



Wood Thoughts

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Tool List

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Canoe Parts Overview

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End Decks

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Extra Flotation

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Gunwale Installation

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Adding Seats, Thwarts...

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Protective Coatings

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