5/1/20: Day 1
My blog I’m calling “ Nuf-Ced “ Sometimes I can think out of the box, Leading me up a Creek without a paddle.
This project is a skin-on-frame canoe. I got the course from Cape Falcon Kayak.
Brian has a new course with a manual and step by step videos on how to get the project done!
Starting with cleaning up the garage and going through the tool boxes to see what tools I already had. Other than a new table saw from my son for X-Mass and an old rotter just a few hand tools
After looking at many videos I’m thinking of starting with a pack canoe.
Working with 12’ lumber in a garage looks like I should have enough room.
With some wood working experience but not many wood working tools. I had to move from Pittsburgh to Charlotte a few years back and had no room for the tools. Sometimes it’s good to start over.
Finding a local lumber yard to get the wood that will also do the planning to get the right thickness. Thinking that I could have the gunwales and the green white oak milled to the right thickness. I do have a table saw and router but no thickness planner.
So putting a shop together and the hunt for lumber is on!
5/2/20: Day 2
I enjoy reading through blogs, online posts and Instagram about building these canoes. Most start with “ went to the back of the shop to get wood for ..”
Well I started with a trip to the back of my shop Lowe’s. To pick up wood for the steam box.
1 4×4 of 1/2 ply
2 1×2 x8 pine
1 3/4 dowel
I also picked up the 1/4 rotter bit for the gunwales.
Spent the rest of the day going through the tool boxes just cleaning.
5/3/20: Day 3
A good place to start this wood project is the steam box. Getting the wood working tools out and look at a ruler. The eyes are not what they used to be.
Got the top and bottom cut. Sides cut to length with the holes for the dowels.
From the top of the dowel to the top of the box I left 1 inch. My thinking is once you pass 3/4 inch, start laminating your wood. I also left the steam box end not screwed for a couple of reasons.
1 if a rib falls in I can get it.
2 I will be able to change steam source if needed
3 I can take the end out to air dry. Living here in the south where mold grows like the grass out front I want to make sure it is dry when I put it away.
Also added two vertical dolls at the end of the box just inside so I could safety wire the hose in place if needed thinking that the steam coming straight into the box may keep the steam going up through to the other end.
5/4/20: Day 4
Went to Wild Wood lumber and talk to Adam. All they really had that I could is was red cedar. So i ordered
3 5/8 x 4 x 12’s
1 1 x 4 x 12
2 1 x 8x 4
Stopped in a Lowe’s and got 2 new saw horses. They had these Kolbolt ones on sale that fold up for storage. Picked up a hand saw and a 1 inch chisel. One day at a time but moving forward.
5/5/20: Day 5
Started the day sending Brian a text and an email about buying the canoe plans.
Called Stanley’s Saw mill to see what wood they my have for a canoe project.
Well this is what we came up with. For the other 6 ribs yellow pine. Hickory for the keel and rub rails. With my fingers crossed he said he had the green white oak that still needed to cut. I don’t have it in the shop so Nuf-Ced.
After lunch the wall paper steamer cam in.
5/6/20: Day 6
Spent the day working on the jigs. The two for the gunwales and the plate for the bottom of the rotter. When I went to wax the bottom of the rotter wood it bit me. That is one sharp rotter bit. I finished the steam box. My thoughts on a steam box.
is how much moisture from the steam is in the box.
.how hot is it in the box
And how long we keep the wood in the box.
After finishing the box I had the idea of maybe making a sleeve to go around the out side made of 1 inch styrofoam ( I saw a pack of it at Lowe’s 16’ x 48’ six sheets for $10.00 ) and glue some floor laminate around the outer skin. My thinking’s is that would insulate the box making it hotter inside. Nuf-Ced
5/7/20: Day 7
Still putting the shop together. Another trip this time to Home Depo. Yep they still have the $.99 clamps. Not by the other clamps but in a box at the end of the row. They seem like really good ones. 👍 the glue was by the plant trimmer so got both of them.
When I want to get the 2×4’s I saw these 2×3’s that were strait, Sharp corner and a little cheeper. Seemed like it would be good for the gunwale spreader and I can make the rib trimming jig with it.
Latter I got a text from Adam saying that the cedar was ready to pic up. The wood was a little rougher than I wanted but he gave me wider boards so I can get what I want out of it. But a little more work. The wood for the stems was great. I wished that the rest of it was that nice.
I got 4. 1x5x 13 and 2 1x8x. 4
Hopefully I can get 4 stringers 4 gunwales and two sets of stems out of it all. Got it all for $72.00. As far as I know it was in the ball park.
5/8/20: Day 8
I started out on the right track with coming up with an out feed for the table saw.
The the day went down stream when the wood turned out having to many knots. You can only look at it for so long and say this is off not good.
It was good thought to work with the table saw. It is true when you do relax the wood cuts so much better.
5/11/20: Day 9
To day was a day to wait. Instead of running to the box store and get some wood or wait until tonight when I could meet with a local saw mill. It was worth the wait. He did have green white oak still in a log that was knot free and 3 feet across and 6 feet long. Also got a yellow pine true 1 inch thick x 8 x 12. Going to see how many stringers I can get out of it.
I learned that trying to text someone about boat building lumber is hard to get across. One on one is so much better.
I think I’m on a better track.
5/12/20: Day 10
Well the wait payed off. I started with a 1 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 12 pine board. I got 8 stringers and 2 keels out of this board and a piece that I can use if I need up to replace one of the stringers. I came up with a new outfeed set up that worked a lot better.
Also my new slickplane came in today. Timing could not have been better. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get it dialed in.
The wood for the gunwales should be ready this coming weekend. I would be further along if I would invest in a thickness planer but for now I’m trying to save money.
5/13/20: Day 11
Today I worked in using the new Slickplane. Although it came with a crack by the front chisel, they are going to send a new one. I was able to get 8 stringers and the keel done. Like they say you have to fiddle with it. I tried to find a YouTube on how to adjust it but nothing. So I found that if you start with the back chisel first having the front chisel up in out of the way. Look at the chisel from the side. Maybe the thickness of paper in between the chisel and the bottom of the plane. When that worked I set the front chisel just a little further back. Also played with the pressure you use. Holding the stringers in the air would be different than if it was in a table . In the end enjoyable to use.
5/14/20: Day 12
While finishing up the stringers I found one that was cracked. So I made a new one. Have a whole set as of now.
Made the jig for planing the ribs.
5/17/20: Day 13
I worked in the stems. The first set I made a measurement mistake in the upper width. So I was glad to have an extra peace of wood.
Although I did find that after cutting the notche at the top of the stem with a scroll saw if I turned it over an cut one blade width that would Square up the cut. Also I used a heavy metal saw blade and it looks made a clean smooth cut.
5/18/20: Day 14
Finished the stems.
Went to the saw mill and got the wood for the gunwales and the white oak for the ribs. This should get me a boat load of mistakes for the next couple of days!
5/19/20: Day 15
Went over to Lowe’s and got the dowels,
More clamps, countersink drill bit, feather board for the tablesaw, zip ties,
When I got home I cut the gunwale wood and did a set up. My idea is to use a 2” 1/2 wide boards to make up 3 just in case I mess one up. Not having a good thick long board to set up I came up with a set up that looks like I can make it work. One thing with this set up is I can make changes to keep the twists out of the glue up. Tomorrow we will see!
5/20/20: Day 16
Well the glueing up of the gunwales went well today.
While the glue was drying i trued to work with the router that I have and found that it was not going to work.
So I went down to Home Depo and got a Ryobi plunge router. I did get the plate for the bottom made as well.
I also went through the guid to reprint the guid and look at the videos on how the lay out is done. Many of my questions were answered and gave me a lot more confidence going forward.
All in all a good day in the garage!
5/21/20: Day 17
Today was the day to cut the gunwales. And it went great. I had a neighbor give me a hand. Taking time in the glue up payed off!
And the cutting of the mortises did not go as well. In the end I then know where I went wrong was when I clamped them down. There must have been a slight twist to the wood. I could not get it to stay tight and it even had a rock to it. It got done but it was not as clean as I hoped.
Did get the ends cut off and called it a day.
5/22/20: Day 18
Started the day taking out the screws in the gunwales by braking one off. Spun them around in the garage like an antique helicopter. Got it out though!
Once apart I got the sheer and rocker numbers for the work sheet.
After watching Brian’s video I went to work putting the deck together. This went straight forward taking some time though having to double check all the measurements for the speeders and having to cut them.
At the end of the day I got as far as the ends tied together and making sure that is was straight. It is great with all the work up until now to finally see some shape come together.
This week I work on it Monday through Friday. Being at the end of my 3 weeks on chemo I’m going to have to take a day or two off. I would like to keep going especially when I see it coming together but I know it’s better to take a brake.
Great time to re-watch Brian’s videos!
5/22/20: Day 19
All I got done today was to peg the bow and stern, cut the ends off, and set up for the stems and rocker. I put the lashing from the gunwales through the peg to end the swin and make the peg fit a Littletighter.
5/25/20: Day 20
Today was the start of cutting up the wood for the ribs. I had high hopes in getting them all cut.
I can see how having a thickness planer would be a real help. But I’m making do. The green white oak is a heavy board to work with and it wore me out. There is still some cutting to do and I will make the rube strips next time
5/26/20: Day 21
Well the rest of the ribs got milled and I also got the rub rails cut. Of all the tools that I could get the thickness planer would really be the one to get if I was to get wood milled this rough.
Got the stems also got trimmed and put up the keel. Time to bend some wood😃
5/27/20: Day 22
Spent the day cutting the ribs to length and shaping them. Not having a thickness planer I had to trim the rib or the router work. But in the end it all worked out just took a little more time.
5/28/20: Day 23
Well what can I say today was a total bust. Nuf-Ced. At the end of the day I texted Brian to get an idea of what went wrong. Seems that i was leaving the wood in the steam box way to long. 4 to 7 minutes. Me I was looking in for 15 to 60 minutes. More is definitely not better. I good day to learn patients.
Tomorrow will be a new day.
5/29/20: Day 24
Another bust day. The need to go find some new wood. Taking the weekend off.
6/1/20: Day 25
Got some new green white oak to start over. Got home and started cutting up more ribs.
6/2/20: Day 26
Cut the rest of the ribs. Held my breath and started steaming.
At the end of the day I had ribs bent. Although my math may have went out the window. At the center my keel was up an inch. Even when I lowered the ribs it was still up an inch. The saw horses were moved to the ends over night to see it that will make a change. Looking at the whole picture I think I can make a nice looking canoe that will go through the water nicely.
6/4/20: Day 27
But-Cad canoe project.
Well at least I’m up to date. Ordered the fabric and polyurethane coating today. Also got some of the small hard ware coming.
Got the ribs pegged. I had to remake two ribs and adjust the stem and stern but I was able to get all the stringers in place. Well there may be still a tweak here or there!
#But-Cad canoe project. Well at least I’m up to date. Ordered the fabric and polyurethane coating today. Got the ribs pegged. I had to remake two ribs and adjust the stem and stern but I was able to get all the stringers in place. Well there may be still a tweak here or there!
Also my mascot showed up today asking when we are going to be able to hit the low country back water!
6/7/20: Day 28
Got the 8 stringers lashed to the ribs. I have to try to adjust the frame here and there and live with some of the other mishaps. Next is to tie in and shape the ends. The summer heat is on so I’m really slowing down.
6/9/20: Day 29
I got the last of the lashes done! 😃 There is just a little shaping in the front and peg the stems. I light sanding and hope to get it oiled tomorrow.
It was nice to see it sitting and looking like a canoe.
6/12/20: Day 30
Well the Nuf-Ced canoe frame is all done and oiled. For the first one it took me 30 days to get here. Wood was the biggest hold up up@until now. Having The help at Cape Falcon Kayak was huge along the way.Next week I will cover it and put in the hardware.
7/6/20: Day 31
Yes the Nuf-Ced canoe project is still making headway!
Well it has been a while do to a mix up in reordering the fabric.
Not an ideal day to put in fabric but I want to make head way. 85 degrees it was hot from the start.
I put in on dry all the way to the end. When I got the bow and stern sewn on I worked 6 inches at a time back and forth. Starting in the middle working to the ends. Yah it took a long time but in the end I was happy.
Then I worked with a spray bottle full of water and a hot iron starting in the middle again working to the ends.
Kind of surprised that the fabric was still damp when I sewed the top of the ends. High heat but the humidity is high as well.
I hope to get it dyed tomorrow. And dried so I can put on the coating the next day.
7/8/20: Day 32
Well to day was the day for the goop!
Up until now I new I could do it over and more than once I did!
It was not a great day weather wise. 87. Degrees and high humidity
This one shot worked! Yep I did get a run or two and there are a few pin bubbles in her.
Ok and a few bugs. Hahahahah
I could not be more happy as long as it is hard in the morning. Nuf-Ced
7/15/20: Day 33
Today was launch day. It was a little rocky but it was my first time in a pack canoe.