Mr. Hobby Projects

Building A Strip Canoe (Update #2)

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In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

Hi Friends!  The canoe building continues in my basement.  Mr. Hobby has made substantial progress since the last update.  You can see from this picture that he has added several strips and has just about finished the sides and will be moving onto the base (bottom) of the canoe.

Beautiful beach at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores Alabama

The week before last, I was enjoying the beautiful weather in the Gulf with a very good friend of mine, while at home, snow was the order of the day and school start time was delayed.

Despite the chilly temperatures back home, and Mr. Hobby having to man the fort without me, he was still able to steal away some precious time to work on the canoe.

Cedar boards are cut into long thin strips.

Several thin strips were cut from the red cedar boards.

Each thin strip is routed with a groove.

A groove was routed into each strip in order to make it fit snugly onto the connecting strip.

In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

Each strip was then fitted, glued and clamped to dry.  You can see in this picture how the glue tends to run.  After it is dry, Mr. Hobby uses a scraping tool to remove the excess glue.  He could wait to scrap off the excess glue until the entire canoe is completely glued together, but he likes to work in sections gluing and then removing the excess.

In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

This is a close up of one of the sides.  Surprises me as to how thin it actually is.

In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

Mr. Hobby is ready to start working on the bottom of the canoe, but the saw horses which are currently holding up the canoe, are now to high for him to work comfortably.

Rental House in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores Alabama.

As my friend and I were preparing to leave our rented beach house, Mr. Hobby was contemplating how to lower the canoe to make it easier to work on.

I arrived back home hours before the snow started to fall and in time to spend a lovely Valentine’s Day with Mr. Hobby.   The four inches of snow we got did not last long, as temperatures were thankfully, back on the rise.

In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

Mr. Hobby solved the height issue by using 2×4’s to build his own stands to lower the canoe to a more comfortable height.

I’m sure there will be some challenges to face as he adds the strips to complete the bottom of the canoe, but the progress is pretty exciting! I can’t believe how far he has gotten!

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In this 2nd installment of building a strip canoe, the cedar boards are cut into thin strips and routed to fit together. The sides of the canoe are built.

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4 Comment

  1. Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
    February 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I am just amazed by your crazy talented husband. I can only marvel at his skill level. Maybe he can come over and build a mantel shelf for me? I have a mantel that is curved and it is such a pain just to think about it. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your canoe

    1. Laurie
      February 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Mary. lol, I'm sure he could build you a mantel shelf, if only you weren't so far away! Thank you for the visit and I hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. Beverly Roderick
    February 23, 2016 at 2:56 am

    It's fascinating to watch this come together! I'm especially impressed by how much he's done so quickly. Your beach vacation spot looks like it was a lovely place to have a get a way!

    1. Laurie
      February 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Beverly, I agree. I was so surprised at what he was able to complete over a weeks time. We were in Fort Morgan, Alabama. It is a beautiful spot and being off season, the beach was pretty empty most of the time.

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