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Closing In The Bottom Question

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by Lickboot, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Lickboot

    Lickboot Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Ok I have worked passed one side on stripping my canoe, here is my question...
    There is one side of my canoe....

    Now this is cut back 1/8 inch back from center.

    This is the other side striped up a hair past center.

    Now this channel is cut at exactly 1/2 inch wide and straight down the center with a router and plank for a guide.

    And this is what it would look like with the strip in place glued in the length of the canoe. I was thinking that it gets me away from trying to get perfect cuts all the way down the center.

    Now question would this be strong once glasses inside and out? I had a few nice guys on here trying to figure out what I was trying to explain.
  2. Jim Dodd

    Jim Dodd LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Yes, Once glassed, your hull will be strong enough !
    You should be fine !

    I prefer to cut the center with a Japanese Pull saw, over a router ! A Slight slip with the router could easily Ruin your hull ! Cutting the line you want, would be Much better done by hand over a power tool. You can come back and dress up your cuts with a small hand plane !

    By the way I highly recommend a good Pull saw ! They are so easy, and you can cut in very small increments with ease !

    Sorry ! I wasn't sure of your Question !

  3. OP

    Lickboot Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Lol that's ok!!, I will look into the saw, thanks jim
  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    It might be a bit late, but I just lifted the strips and used a small plane to shave up to a line.
    Jim Dodd likes this.
  5. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Why reinvent the wheel? I've only built one stripper, long ago. This was my first serious woodworking project ever, so I was not an experienced woodworker. I stripped the center line as Dan describes above. It was easy and quick, and the planking junctions were perfectly aligned and tight. Over the decades we've used the canoe countless times and it's still in excellent condition.
  6. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Agreed. Plus, I still want to know what is going to happen at either end where this center strip meets the stems?
    Jim Dodd likes this.
  7. Canoeal

    Canoeal Canoe/kayak builder/resto

    You ain't gonna hurt it...

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