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    My First Canoe Build

    Started on my Wabnaki canoe build and put the video camera to work as well. Trying to get better at the video thing and hoping for the best with the canoe building thing. Everything seems to be going well thus far. Have to bead and cove my strips and then we are off to the races. My First Canoe Build, Part 2
    https://youtu.be/RgQ7fUg3qQc

    #2
    Good video !

    You will learn a lot with your first build ! Please share as you go !

    Good Luck !

    Jim
    Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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      #3
      Nice job on the video, good editing. To be honest, I’m not really interested in stripper builds but I watched to see how your video turned out, good one, not too long and your on screen part was very good.
      Looking forward to some tripping videos in your new canoe.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Jim Dodd View Post
        Good video !

        You will learn a lot with your first build ! Please share as you go !

        Good Luck !

        Jim
        Jim,

        Thank you! I will continue to share my videos. The video and the canoe building is new to me so at times I must admit that when I am dealing with the experience in this room it can be slightly intimidating, but I am just trying to keep it real as I am no expert. I am sure I will make plenty of mistakes along the way but the goal is to learn and grow from this experience.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Robin View Post
          Nice job on the video, good editing. To be honest, I’m not really interested in stripper builds but I watched to see how your video turned out, good one, not too long and your on screen part was very good.
          Looking forward to some tripping videos in your new canoe.
          Robin, thanks for the kind words! Having fun with this canoe project and integrating the video aspect. Happy to share this experience in this forum even though this is all new to me. I look forward to wetting this hull and sharing this canoe in action when she is seaworthy!

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            #6
            Part 3 of my canoe build continues with material preparation including building a router table using canoe station mold scrapwood. The router is used to process the bead and cover edges of the rough cut eastern white cedar that has already been ripped down to 1/4" on my table saw. Follow the link if interested in watching the progress!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U7gVCSW19s&authuser=0

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              #7
              I just left a comment over on YouTube, which I will repeat here: Don't forget to get some packing tape/duct tape on the leading edges of those forms to prevent glue from sticking and don't forget to do some beveling on the bow and stern stem forms.

              Another comment I didn't leave there but will say here is that one of your forms looks like it might be a little wavy along the edge. It may just be the lighting, but check it. If it is wavy, I'd urge you to consider cutting a replacing form. The forms define the hull and even small errors in how smooth the curve of the form is will translate to the hull and make it difficult to make a fair hull. I think I saw in your earlier videos that you cut these forms with a hand held electric jig saw, which should work fine -- as long as you cut to the outside of the line, leaving it as a reference and then sand (a stationary disc or belt sander works best) or rasp just to the line. Another tip: to ensure each pair of forms is identical, you can temporarily screw two blanks together while cutting the form or while doing the final sanding.

              Everything you do now to perfect your setup before your start the actual stripping process will make the stripping and subsequent sanding process easier and pay dividends in the final product.

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                #8
                Alsg, appreciate this feedback. There is indeed some waviness on one of the forms that I still need to address. I may just replace it like you mentioned but I still have some material to remove up to the the tracement line so after final sanding of the forms I will do a comparitive check once again and see where I end up. I had tacked on the two short cedar strips of the canoe to check the sheerline from port side to stbd side for level. Just another check that I did that probably wasn't necessary but did anyway. I also wanted to actually get a visual of the bow and stern height. Just playing around really due to my excitement. The strips currently attached will be removed and the forms will in fact be masked with tape. I must admit, although I have checked and rechecked just about everything establishing that sheerline is without doubt going to be the most nerve racking part of the build. This has to be perfect. As always, I appreciate any and all feedback that you have to offer. Having a great time building this canoe and the experience and feedback from all of you can only be helpful!

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                  #9
                  I am enjoying following along! Good job on the videos!

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                    #10
                    Really nice job on the router table build, love those feather boards, and the vac system makes for good working conditions.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by RickR View Post
                      I am enjoying following along! Good job on the videos!
                      Appreciate it RickR and glad you enjoy the videos! Having fun with it!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Odyssey View Post
                        Really nice job on the router table build, love those feather boards, and the vac system makes for good working conditions.
                        Thanks Odyssey! I was very pleased with its performance. The best aspect of this router table is that I can easily hang this table in my workshop...out of site..out of mind.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by dcloots View Post
                          ...I must admit, although I have checked and rechecked just about everything establishing that sheerline is without doubt going to be the most nerve racking part of the build. This has to be perfect.
                          As long as you have a full length strip (and it can be multiple strips that you have scarf jointed together) establishing the sheerline on the Wabnaki is as simple as making sure the bottom of the first strip is even with the bottom of each form and stapling in place. Cove up so glue will sit in the trough. Leave the first side a little long and when you do the opposite side, join the ends of the two sides together and your sheerline is done.

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                            #14
                            dcloots

                            Here is a thread that explains how to fit the ends of your strips at the stems. They mate up quite nicely this way !

                            http://www.canoetripping.net/forums/...on/73909-pearl

                            I hope this helps

                            Jim
                            Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Jim Dodd View Post
                              dcloots

                              Here is a thread that explains how to fit the ends of your strips at the stems. They mate up quite nicely this way !

                              http://www.canoetripping.net/forums/...on/73909-pearl

                              I hope this helps

                              Jim
                              Jim, that makes an incredible amount of sense. Especially the interlocking method with the rat tail rasp. However, I didn’t stop reading there!!! Lots of great information and pictures that you provided! I will be referencing often. Thank you for sharing your build.

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