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Building a Cedar - Fibreglass Canoe
We begin by ripping 18 foot long pieces of 2x12" Western Red Cedar into 1/4"x3/4" strips and machining each with a bead and a cove.
The first strips are attached to the form using staples making sure both sides remain level.
The stems in place and one strip on each side. Seven strips.
Fifteen strips. About twenty strips.
Only one side is finished after reaching the top of the stem. The second side is finished to meet the first at the keel.
Now HUNDREDS of staples have to be removed. You'll find any remaining staples while smoothing with a plane.
The ends of the planks are trimmed flush with the stems. The outside stem is applied and the hull is sanded.
The dry hull is draped with fibreglass cloth which becomes transparent when the liquid epoxy is applied.
Now you begin to see what your boat will look like when you're done. The hull comes off the form when the third coat of epoxy is set
Work begins on the inside. Lots more sanding. Glass and epoxy again.
Trimming out with inwales, decks, outwales, seats, thwart, yoke
Sanding, varnishing, sanding, varnishing...
Eventually it goes in the water.
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