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Topic: canoe-building in your classes
Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009 3:24:37 PM
Hi,
Last year, one of my exceptionally talented woodshop students took did an individual project of building a canoe in woodshop. He had no plans and I had no experience. He simply sketched a curve on a sheet of paper. He then guessed at the ribs based on his initial curve. He then built some forms for the ribs out of MDF. I helped him cut 1/8 inch thin strips of poplar which he bent and glued around the forms. We made a temporary frame to clamp the ribs in place upside down. We cut 1/4 x 1 -2 inch strips of poplar which he bent around the ribs, gluing into place with polyurethane adhesive. He had to use narrower strips as he got the the keel since the curves got more "compound?". He finished the gunwales, gussets etc with scraps of walnut and ipe. He sanded off excess polyurethane and put 5 coats of marine varnish on.
I went out on it's maiden voyage last spring. Although the curve on the bottom is a bit irregular, it does handle reasonably well for a seat of the pants canoe with two people in it.
I am not sure how this would work as a class project.

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