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Cedar-strip Canoe Building: Adding the Bead & Cove

How to prepare cedar-strips for canoe building. Do you want to build a cedar-strip canoe? We have several very detailed free videos you can watch that will give you a good idea of what’s involved.

Cedar-strip canoe building is a method of boat building that requires “milled” or prepared cedar strips. Most canoes will take approximately 60 to 70 full length strips to complete the building process.

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The following videos are what we consider “Archive Footage” around here. Back in 2010, I made a few Youtube videos about canoe building, these were the first videos I had made and a lot has changed since then (look how young I look).

Nowadays I have a new shop, a new camera, audio equipment, lighting… The remarkable thing about these early videos is that as embarrassing as they are to watch, they are what got me started producing film.

Cedar-strip Canoe Building: Adding the Bead & Cove, Part One

This is Part One of our very detailed video that I created, outlining the process of adding the Bead & Cove to cedar strips for cedar strip boat construction.

In this video I show the layout of the router table and extension table for running long length cedar-strips. From there I show what the bead and cove router bits look like and how I like to set them up in the router and into the router table.

Probably the most important tip I could give about adding the Bead & Cove to your cedar strips, is to always machine the bead side of the strip first. The edges of the cove side can be slightly brittle and if you cut that side first you risk damaging your coves while machining the bead. So, always machine the bead side first.

Cedar-strip Canoe Building: Adding the Bead & Cove, Part Two

This is Part Two of our very detailed video that I created, outlining the process of adding the Bead & Cove to cedar strips for cedar strip boat construction.

In this video I continue to show the set up and add a feather board to the router table. From there I run the first test strip through the router to add the cove profile to the cedar-strip.