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strip questions

Submitted by Paul@water on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 01:48

I'm going to make a Mystic River Canoe from plans and was wondering how important it is to have 18' strips. Or, should I just attach smaller strips? I guess I can certainly mail order them if it comes to it although wonder if it is cheaper to mill my own..

I have a router table and tablet saw but it seems sort of difficult to put  a bead and cove in 18' strips.. but is this how it's done? On the other hand, if I connect a bunch of smaller strips, I imagine it will have color variations.

Also, having a little difficulty finding clear cedar in NW Montana, may have to go over to Washington? 

Thanks for any help or advice!

John VanBuren

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 07:55


    You can use shorter pieces of wood to make our long strip. Just scarf them together using an 8 to 1 cut. Google "Scarf joints" for information on making the end cuts for scarf joints.

An alternative to cove and bead would be to use one of the bevel edge tools Nick Schade sells. That is what I am planning on using on the strip built canoe I am in the process of building.

John VB

Bead and cove on a router table is easy but tedious. You might consider using alder considering your location. A tad bit heavier but not much.

Tom A.

Rob Macks Laug…

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 08:49

If you have a table saw you're all set.

Cutting your own strips is much less expensive and allows you control over wood color.

I've been building strippers for thirty years and here's what I do.

Choose boards for the color you wish. Shorter-than-full-length boards can be scarfed into one long board to cut strips from.

Rip a short board down the middle and scarf the common ends and the scarf will be invisible.

3/16" thick strips are easier to use as the strength of your hull is in fiberglass. Mill a 3˚ bevel on ONE edge of all strips on the table saw, INSTEAD of milling bead and cove. Much faster, much easier.

See this video for details on milling strips - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTmCvfSR9ng

See my "Shop Tips" pages @ http://www.laughingloon.com/shop.tips.html

and my YouTube channel for more strip building tips @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX4whNL7-18TJRJnghgiIQw

All the best,

Rob Macks

Laughing Loon Custom Canoes & Kayaks




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