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Easy Canoe Building: Fairing the Outer Hull

Easy Cedarstrip Canoe Building tips for the new boat builder. This article and video is about how to fair the outer hull of a cedar strip canoe.

Fairing a cedarstrip canoe is the process of removing all of the unwanted glue, wood filler and rough edges from the hull of the boat. The fairing process involves the use of a variety of different tools, such as a rasp, hand plane and sand paper. The goal of fairing the outer hull is to have a smooth finished surface ready for fibreglass and epoxy.

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Easy Canoe Building: Preparing the Hull for Fairing

The following video is what I consider “Archive Footage.” 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. In 2013, I upgraded my camera so that I could film in HD and made a few more videos.

Nowadays I have a new shop, an even better new camera, audio equipment, lighting… and have been moving towards producing high quality films for my growing audience.

The remarkable thing about these early videos is that as embarrassing as they are for me to watch, they are what got me started producing film and still contain some very good information. I hope you enjoy the video, and if you’re looking for more easy canoe building instructions, please check out the other resources I have here.

In this short video, I fair the bottom of a cedar strip canoe. The video begins with a short intro about the importance of using a sharp plane and how I sharpen my hand plane. It’s important to set your plane blade very shallow so that you don’t gouge the wood. Use your hands to feel the contour of the boat as you go to help locate any high spots that your eyes may have missed.

This canoe is a Rob Roy style solo canoe and was built without an inner stem and staple free construction.

Disclaimer: These articles and videos are here to provide you with an easy canoe building experience. They don’t replace getting expert in-person advice, and we take no responsibility for any errors made during your build.