Building a Cedar Strip Canoe
A quote for the read:
"I've always wanted to sail around the world in a handmade boat, and I built a boat."
Will Ferrell
     I’ve always wanted to build some type of a boat by hand. I don’t know why. I guess it just feels like you haven’t passed a step in life yet until you’ve build a boat. So I looked online for tutorials and such and found plans for a 16-foot Prospector cedar strip canoe. It was without a doubt a big project to take on, especially being my first time ever building such a big and complicated thing. It’s also a huge investment, money and time-wise.

     While I was waiting for my plans to be shipped, I began to build the base upon which the canoe is build. This is called the strongbox. Essentially it’s just a 15’ 1” long box on legs that the frames will be attached to. This was by far the strongest box I have ever built.

     After the plans arrived and the strongbox was finished, I began cutting out and tracing the plans onto more plywood. Then I went ahead and sawed out each of the 17 frames. This was very boring and repetitive. I was definitely happy to be done with this daunting yet crucial step after attaching them to the strongbox.