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A bit of background. I originally posted on the Router Forum to solve a problem I had with my router. As things developed I began to share what I was doing with my router and it was suggested that I begin a new thread focused on the building of a Cedar Strip Canoe.

The canoe that I am building is a redesign of the original Rob Roy double paddle canoe. It was originally built in 1866 and since that time many variations of the design were developed with changes to the length and beam. The original length of the Rob Roy was 15’ and included a lug sail and jib.

After looking at a few different offerings from various canoe and kayak builders I decided on a design offered by Sandy Point Boat Works. They named it ‘Little Rob’. The overall length is 14’ and still retains the original double paddle design with a partial fore and aft deck but no accommodation for sail.

After receiving the full size patterns and instructional CD’s I set to work first obtaining the required material for building the strong back (frame work that the canoe is built on). I also purchased MDF board for the stations (forms) verses plywood.

Once the strong back was built and the stations were cut out I positioned them on the strong back as per the plans.

I will include pictures with each post to show progress.
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Next step was making the inner and outer stems out of white ash. I cut 0.25” x 0.75” strips. I steam bent them and clamped the on forms to dry.
Once dry I was able to glue the two of the strips together for both the inner and outer stems. These were then positioned on the stem forms.

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Like the pictures. I won't be building a canoe but I l like looking at how things are being done.
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Next I purchased rough cedar boards from Home Depot and Menards. I carefully selected knot free boards or almost knot free boards. I must have looked through 100+ boards to find enough good ones. I then ran all of the cedar boards through my planer to a dimension of 0.75”. After planning I cut strips of 0.25” thick. I found that I actually had enough strips to make two canoes so I will be storing some for a future project.
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Looks good and well presented. Looking forward to the rest of the build.

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Next important step was doing the final alignment of all of the stations from stem to stem. Once everything was square and aligned I stapled some strips to hold the stations firmly in place.

I then taped all of the edges of the stations so that once I started the gluing and stapling that the cedar strips would not adhere to the stations.
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Today I was able to finally use the router to put a bead on one edge of the cedar strips. It took some time to set the router table up but once set I was able to feed each strip through the router using the subsequent strip to push the previous strip through the router.

I also put the bead edge on the accent strips that I will be using. The accent strips were Mahogany and Aspen.

Tomorrow I plan to reset the router up to put the cove on the opposite edge.
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Great job, Russell. Love the build pictures...keep em coming. I'm sure you will have a bunch of us following your project. Thanks for taking the extra time to take the photos and post them.

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Somebody recently asked how many clamps are enough...
Bwahahahaha
I guess this build puts that question to bed!
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Somebody recently asked how many clamps are enough...
Bwahahahaha
I guess this build puts that question to bed!
Funny how that always comes up. Whatever that number is, boatbuilding requires 10 times more.

OK, enough of the tomfoolery...now we gotta get to the serious questions.
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