UP THE LAZY RIVER
This cedar strip river canoe is just the ticket.
SHOP OWNER: Bob Hand
LOCATION: Irwin, PA
This is a 16-foot river canoe, built from plans in the book by Gil Gilmore on building canoes. I used western red cedar strips, red oak for the thwarts, gunwales and caps, and poplar inwales. In addition, I used a pre-made inlay band for decoration and purchased the seats. I covered it all with six-ounce fiberglass and three coats of West System Epoxy. Finally, three coats of semi-gloss spar varnish topped it off.
This being my first such project, a lot of time was involved. It took about six months off and on, perhaps closer to 150+ hours. That's in addition to building the strongback and formers that can be reused should I ever decide to build another.
My advice to others would be to practice the fiberglass/epoxy work on some scrap project and allow twice as much time for glassing as you might think. A full six to eight hour day would be a good estimate of time needed.
My first coat of resin over glass was on a day when the temperature was rising from 65 º to 85 º. That caused small bubbles to appear after a couple hours. I had to continually go over the work to remove the bubbles.
Nevertheless, it was a fun project. The next one will be a lot easier. Now the question is: "will it float"?
. . . Bob Hand
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