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    #61
    Thanks dcloots for bringing this post back up. I'm a hobby wood worker and want to do a stripper, I mean strip canoe. I learned a lot more about cutting strips by reading this post.

    Good luck with your build, and look forward to hearing how it goes.

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      #62
      I have several Skilsaws set up for strip cutting. Be it hull strips, or for gunnels.

      I have each saw set for different thicknesses.

      Recently rounded up my Skilsaws for a test, as I had Ash to cut for gunnels. They all preformed great, especially with the Diablo 24T contractor blade ($10).
      All except the Dewalt. The saw body to base, was too flexible.

      Here's some pics.

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      Last edited by Jim Dodd; 01-16-2020, 08:59 AM.
      Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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        #63
        Jeez Jim, Which do you have more of saws or canoes? That is quite the collection!

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          #64
          Crap - I think that Dewalt is the same as the shiny new one I got for Christmas - model DWE575DC? As my only backup is a very old Black and Decker I will be trying the Dewalt out soon anyway, but Jim if it doesn't work out I may have to ask you talk to my wife to help me convince her to take it back

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            #65
            Originally posted by dougd View Post
            Jeez Jim, Which do you have more of saws or canoes? That is quite the collection!

            Every time a good deal popped up on a saw, I came home with one. It's nice to be able to grab a saw, already set to cut a specific thickness. Without having to change back and forth.

            The Makita is a 13 amp. My first, good saw. It is a real veteran ! Probably cut at least half of all the strips for my canoes, as well as for others.

            I was going to round up all my strippers last year, for a photo. Maybe this year !

            I've said many times ! "This canoe building is an Addiction !"

            Jim


            Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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              #66
              Originally posted by Traveler View Post
              Crap - I think that Dewalt is the same as the shiny new one I got for Christmas - model DWE575DC? As my only backup is a very old Black and Decker I will be trying the Dewalt out soon anyway, but Jim if it doesn't work out I may have to ask you talk to my wife to help me convince her to take it back
              Maybe your Dewalt is better ? Grab the base in one hand, and the handle in the other. Push and pull. If you notice, like I did, a lot of give between the base and body of the saw ? It's bad. I like the Dewalt, except for that.

              Have your Wife accompany you to the store, and demonstrate to her the difference, as I described above. Give her that dissapointed Puppy dog look, and hope for the best ! No guarantees !



              Seriously, the Dewalt should get the job done. As the old saying goes ! "Use What You Got "

              Good Luck !

              Jim
              Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                #67
                I bought one of the better Makitas a couple years ago. It is a beast and has cut anything I through at it, including 8/4 rough maple and ash.

                When I cut strips, it just loafs through the wood.

                Brian

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                  #68
                  Jim, Could you give the model number of the Makita?

                  Also, how wide do you cut the ash for gunnels and what is the finished width?

                  Do you round off with a router or belt sander?

                  Are the gunnels attached when you round them off?

                  I cut the to a little over 3/4, round off with a belt sander when the gunnels are screwed on. Always looking for new ways.

                  Thanks,
                  Robin

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                    #69
                    Originally posted by Robin View Post
                    Jim, Could you give the model number of the Makita?

                    Also, how wide do you cut the ash for gunnels and what is the finished width?

                    Do you round off with a router or belt sander?

                    Are the gunnels attached when you round them off?

                    I cut the to a little over 3/4, round off with a belt sander when the gunnels are screwed on. Always looking for new ways.

                    Thanks,
                    Robin
                    The Makita I have, was purchased when they were made in Japan. The new ones are made in China. Not saying the new ones are bad ! Mine was only 13 AMP. but plenty sufficient They are now made in 15 AMP. I'm not at the shop, but believe the number is 5007.

                    My out whales are 5/8", Some is removed to cap the hull, so only 3/8" sticks out from the hull.

                    My Inwhales are cut 3/8", with a 3/8" spacer making the inwhale is 3/4".

                    So adding them together , total width is 1 3/8" width. This is for my solos.

                    I use a router on the top edges, after attaching, and route the bottom outside edge before installing. It's easier and less risky to the hull.

                    The Skilsaw with a fence does such a nice job, My strongback does double duty,

                    Here is a pic of the ends of my outwhales and how they are cut to cap the hull. Note how the bottom outside edge is routed before attaching.

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                    I hope that helps !

                    Jim
                    Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                      #70
                      I really like how the grain runs through both out wales! It's not easy keeping track of that. Well done!

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                        #71
                        Thanks for the answers to my questions Jim, very helpful. I found that saw on amazon for a good price and will order one soon.
                        I always thought ripping rails was a table saw thing, my table saw really struggles. I’m looking forward to trying the new saw.
                        I did buy one of those cheap finish routers from Harbor Freight but I need more practice.
                        Thanks again.

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                          #72
                          Robin, I used to use a router to round off the gunwales but it always came out a little wavy which required a lot of sanding. I switched to this and am happy with it but I like having more wood then less, this only will go so far, not as far as a router:

                          https://www.rockler.com/carbide-tipp...SABEgLwBPD_BwE

                          I too switched from a table saw to cut the gunwales. I now lay the board down, snap a line and then cut it with my circular saw, a lot cleaner and easier. The table saw was always a pain to use for a long cut like gunwales.

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                            #73
                            Originally posted by Robin View Post
                            Thanks for the answers to my questions Jim, very helpful. I found that saw on amazon for a good price and will order one soon.
                            I always thought ripping rails was a table saw thing, my table saw really struggles. I’m looking forward to trying the new saw.
                            I did buy one of those cheap finish routers from Harbor Freight but I need more practice.
                            Thanks again.
                            Skilsaws Rule !

                            Robin, you will be impressed at how smooth the strips cut with a Skilsaw come out. A simple fence and two clamps. One clamp being a Visegrip on the front, makes it handier and safer.

                            A trick when cutting narrow planks. Lay another plank the same thickness, next to the narrow one to support the base of the saw.

                            Is the new Makita, aluminum base, or Magnesium ? The Magnesium bases slide on the planks a little easier, in my experience.

                            Yeah, Routers and bits can be a pain, especially around screw holes ! Maybe try and router before attaching to the hull ? Good Luck !



                            Doug ! I scored some long and wide Ash planks. The edges were uneven, and I true them, as you dod, following a snapped line. I used the Dewalt for that, beings it didn't have a fence.

                            Pretty hard to plane the edge, on a 18.5' plank. It turned out straight enough, that the fence on the Skilsaw followed it perfect !

                            Jim
                            Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                              #74
                              Straightening a plank edge is pretty easy if you have a plank the same length or longer that already has at least one straight edge. Clamp the straight plank on top of the wavy one offset to whatever distance is needed for your saw to ride along the straight side as a fence and cut away. Face the straight edge away from the wavy edge to ride the straight edge down your tablesaw or band saw fence or place the straight edge on the same side as the wavy edge to follow it with your circular or jigsaw. Let me know if pictures would be helpful....

                              Best regards to all,


                              Lance

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                                #75
                                Been routering outer gunnels with a router table set up before putting them on and using a sander on the inner gunnels after installation. It's always fun to learn how many different ways everyone does the different steps in canoe building and repair. That's what makes them all unique.
                                Not all who are lost care..............

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