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wb9tpg
02-27-2014, 07:36 PM
I've neglected to post pictures of my finished canoe here; it was finished a while back and we're been enjoying her very much.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02259.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/Ranger.jpg
She was built using the Ranger 15 plans from Bear Mountain Boats and the book Canoecraft. It took over a year to build and I've hundreds of hours into the project.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02245.jpg
The shell of the canoe is mostly built from Western Red Cedar obtained from Lowes. The football (center bottom section of the hull) is pine to provide a contrasting pattern. Mahogany was used for the decks and plugs.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02247.jpg
The feature strip is made from Mahogany, Spruce and Walnut (diamonds). You'll notice I used the sapwood in the walnut to give an arrow effect.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02249.jpg
The mahogany for the decks is quarter sawn and shows different colors depending on the angle you're looking at it.

wb9tpg
02-27-2014, 07:37 PM
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02253.jpg
The gunwales, seats and carrying yolk are made of ash.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02253.jpg

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The inner gunwale is scuppered (slots cut to let water out when you're done for the day).

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02263.jpg
A painters hole was turned out of mahogany and provides a place to tie down the canoe.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02266.jpg
A closeup of the feature strip. You can see the arrow effect on the diamonds from the sapwood in the walnut.

wb9tpg
02-27-2014, 07:38 PM
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02277.jpg
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02271.jpg
The bulkhead detail (forward and aft) using Beckson deckplates

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02233.jpg
Loaded up and ready to go on it's maiden voyage.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/DSC02238.jpg
And here is the proud owner. We paddled it about 5 miles on it's maiden voyage.


You can see more pictures here (http://s87.photobucket.com/albums/k154/wb9tpg/Canoe%20build%20a%20long/)

trent hink
02-27-2014, 08:24 PM
Very nicely done. I am curious how much it weighs.

wb9tpg
02-27-2014, 08:40 PM
She weights just under 45 pounds.

Rich Jones
02-27-2014, 09:21 PM
You've done a beautiful job! Hope you have many happy years of paddling.

Now, the question that is asked of every Forum member when they launch a new boat: What boat are you going to build next?:)

wb9tpg
02-27-2014, 09:27 PM
Sorry but there's not another boat in the foreseeable future. Just as I was finishing this boat I developed Kienbocks disease in my right wrist; it's improved since the surgery but I don't want to mess it up again. There's a lot of scraping and sanding in building one of these.

Lewisboater
02-27-2014, 09:29 PM
Very nice! I like the extra details, especially that painter's eye and the diamonds.

potomac
02-27-2014, 11:22 PM
Looks beautiful. Congratulations. Did you have to do a ton of scarfing to achieve the strips? I can't find much in the way of clear lumber at the box stores.

wb9tpg
02-28-2014, 09:33 AM
All the strips have one or more scarfs in them as I could only 8 to 10ft boards. I found the 4" wide boards having the fewest knots and best gain patterns. Some strips have quite a few because of knots. I spend 3 entire days scarfing strips.

potomac
02-28-2014, 11:48 AM
I've been thinking of a similar project and sourcing planking material is always the biggest hurdle. Clear fir and SYP can be had, but for a boat like a canoe, the extra weight of the pine is a real consideration.

Tom Robb
02-28-2014, 12:05 PM
I'm sorry to see that she may be your last and only boat. At least she's a really nice one.