Category: Boat Building

Varnishing the wood and skinning the frame

After glueing up the thwart and floor boards it was time to finish the wooden frame.  I used 3 coats of clear gloss rust-oleum spar varnish, and plan…

Final Glueing of thwart and floorboards

Put in the last of the wooden pieces including the thwart and floorboards.  I used western red cedar for the floorboards.  The plans only call for the two…

Breasthook grain oddity

Everything I know about woodworking tells me that this breasthook glue joint will fail. But, Platt Monfort knows more about boat building than I do, and the Snowshoe…

Bending and glueing the canoe ribs

I had help from my wonderful mother with bending and glue the ribs for the ultralite canoe.  Somehow I escaped furniture design school without ever steam bending wood,…

Framing

Well, now I’m further along with the Snowshoe 12 canoe than I got with the Classic 12 sailboat I tried building in Tempe. Unfortunately, the living room is…

Canoe stringers and Stems

Ripped the stringers, gunwales, inwales, rubwales, and keelson all from one 5.5″x12′ board of poplar. They say you can even make these boats out of 2x4s but I…