The keel really makes a difference.. I added a layer of Varnish to prevent corrosion. Thank you for sharing! Also, where do you buy kit for these canoes, or did you make it from scratch. Late in the game I decided to include a feature plank of contrasting woods. There is also Boatcraft's Purbond one-part polyurethane adhesive for edge gluing that can save some time and money. The strips are mostly full length, clear, edge grain red and yellow cedar.
Strip Canoe Kits
Due to the relative weakness of the spring clamps and the challenges of working with the cedar strips, I decided to place one at a time. They can also be created from tables of offsets, using a process called lofting. Use the table saw with feather boards clamped to the guide and table to keep the strip thickness uniform. Seat frames are usually made of hardwood. They do not need to be the total length of the boat, they can be scarf jointed or butt jointed on the hull. I glued them together to make longer strips by using a diamond shaped piece of beech set in the two walnut ends. Read books about cedar strip construction techniques.
Building a Cedar Strip Canoe
This is one of two tasks that required steaming. Construction of great looking Expedition Sport. Here is a look at the lines and grain pattern at the deck's point. Whose plans are you using? Two nearly identical planks from the same pile in the same lumberyard may be of sufficiently different thickness to cause problems later. Due to the relative weakness of the spring clamps and the challenges of working with the cedar strips, I decided to place one at a time. Some strips had one scarf joint; others had two.
Getting the finished thickness takes a little more effort. Read books about cedar strip construction techniques. If our 'mats' are now all joined together, we'll have 'a sheet of end-grain balsa' and that's what is sold in various forms and thickness, to be used as core material in fiberglass boats. Moving from the feature plank to the bilge was quick. Closing the hull goes one side at a time.