A few years back, I got this crazy idea to build a boat shaped bookshelf. In looking into the project, I discovered people were building beautiful cedar strip canoes. The more I Googled, "cedar strip canoes" (or kayaks), the less I found myself looking for plans to build a boat bookshelf (basically a small rowboat standing on its stern with shelves where the seats would be. I was hooked! I was working as a waiter at the time, and while I had taken wood shop in jr high school, I had never worked in a wood working shop. Up until I decided I was going to build a canoe, after my 7th grade wood shop class, the only things I had built from wood were glass racks for a restaurant I worked at. This was going to be a BIG project!
My plan is to update this blog a few times per month and eventually document my conversion of a broken Hobie 16 catamaran into a beautiful, cedar strip, sail-worthy ship that any Hobie Cat fan would be jealous of. :)
That's it, that's my canoe. I went on a shopping spree at Home Depot and bought the saws, hand tools, and even the cedar, oak, and pine used in the construction. The cedar planks were anything but clear, so at every knot in the wood, my 1/4 inch strip broke as it was being ripped. This forced several butt joints during the construction. If you can, find clear cedar boards, free of knots! More on the construction process to follow in future posts.