Video for Huck Magazine shot by Richard Quintero
Before final planking I need to attach the hardwood stems to the bow and stern. To bend these strips I made a steam box from an electric kettle and a piece if PVC pipe. At 1hr/ inch steam time, the 12 1/4" strips were done in 15 minutes. Clamped to the stem form and left to dry overnight. Tomorrow I will unclamp, and glue up the pieces with thickened epoxy, then reclamp. So far, so good.
So I decided to build a boat. Well, I really decided about 4 years ago after borrowing a copy of Canoe Craft by Ted Moores from my friend Brian. But at the time I had neither the time or space for the project. To build a 15' canoe you need a minimum of 17' of shop space and somewhere between 3 1/2 to 100 weeks to dedicate. Now having basically almost exactly those requirements met, I picked up my own copy of canoe craft, and I'm on my way. How hard can it possibly be?
The poor mans bible for building the poor mans yacht.
I decided on the 15' ranger prospector. A design from the book. This is a small, easy to maneuver boat, that can still carry 2 adults, a dog, and some camping gear.
Lofting the plans turned out to be a lot more fun than I had expected. At first it makes no sense at all, but after a few hours at the library (YouTube) I was able to plot my stations and draw something that looked almost right. You're basically given a series of numbers which represent points on a grid. After plotting all of those points, you just connect the dots. Pretty simple really.
Next, these plans get transferred to plywood using graphite transfer paper, and those shapes are cut out and smoothed to become station molds. Station molds are attached to your strong back to make up the skeleton of your boat.
I just finished building a couple of bedside consoles for Jean & Oliver at Pelle Designs. I'm not crazy about working with hard maple as its hell on your tools and has a mind all it's own, but it looks great on these pieces. Nothing flashy, just some simply joinery and nice clean lines.