Nick Schade has been designing and building cedar strip boats since 1986, and is the author of two books on the subject.
For more in-depth descriptions of the designs listed below you may look through the strip-built boat design browser.
With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. The outlines of the hull cross sections are drawn on sheets of plywood, particle board or MDF. Use the table saw with feather boards clamped to the guide and table to keep the strip thickness uniform. The strips used for the stems need to be steamed and clamped onto the stem forms then allowed to dry before gluing them together.
Once the hull is completely stripped it is time to trim the strips flush with the bow and stern stems. Fiberglass cloth is laid over the hull so that it extends just past the stems, then smoothed with a soft bristle brush. Fiberglass cloth is laid inside the hull and held in place with clothes pins, then smoothed with a soft bristle brush. Gunnels are long strips of wood which are attached inside and outside to the top edge of the hull to give it rigidity when combined with the thwart.
Really nice job,to buy a canoe like that one would dent the bank account for sure,but worth it.
These original designs draw on the years of experience to create unique high performance designs that move easily on the water as well as look stunning on land.


These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a cedar strip canoe. These plans include full size drawings of each form drawn individually so you may glue the patterns directly to your form material and cut out around the lines. These plans include all the forms and plywood parts drawn at full size needed to build the boat. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak.
These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built sea kayak. Canoe Craft by Ted Moores, Kayak Craft by Ted Moores, Building a Strip Canoe by Gil Gilpatrick. I didn't really expect to become a finalist, nor did I expect 146000 view in less the a month and a half. The wood strips alone are held together with glue and the hull eventually would swell and leak without the fiberglass or some sort of water proofing. Yes they do get scratched and banged up a bit, but since I built it I know how to repair it too. A quick and simple description of the building process, tools used and costs involved will stimulate enough interest to overcome fears.Build a simple strongback to support the molds and create a centerline.
You bend thin strips of wood around forms, gluing the strips together as you cover the forms.


These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built canoe. The problem I had was that I cut mu own straps with a table saw and they were not very consistent in thickness, even along the length of the same strip. The fiberglass cloth on inside and outside of the wood makes a laminated core structure which is very stiff and strong.
Sure looking at the finish product gives me some satisfaction, but not nearly as much satisfaction as using it. You then sand the strips smooth and coat them with a layer of tough, transparent fiberglass cloth and epoxy. The idea is to fix two full length pieces together in a T shape, with the top of the T providing a base for the molds and the vertical part of the T providing rigidity and strength. Put some legs on the T so that it stands on its own.Cut up plywood into molds that will form the shape of the canoe.
If you make your own strips you will need a table saw, band saw or radial arm saw to rip the cedar strips from 1 x 4 straight grain, clear cedar boards.
If you dont have those tools or want to go faster you can buy pre-made strips.Bend the strips in place around the molds.



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