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Cedar-strip Canoe Building: Milling the cedar strips

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.


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 Boat Building: Milling Cedar-strips, Part One

In this first video in the series, I discuss how I select cedar lumber, the importance of having a nice straight edge to work off of when ripping the cedar strips on the table saw and also setting up the table saw. Shop safety is always the most important thing to take into consideration when working with power tools. Be sure to wear your safety equipment and have all shop tool guards in place.

Cedar Strip Boat Building: Milling Cedar-strips, Part Two

In this second video, I get started ripping the cedar planks into 1/4″ thick strips. Typically purchased cedar strips are 3/4″ wide. If you’re milling your own strips you may likely need to plan for them to be 5/8″ wide.

Check your strips to ensure that they are 1/4″ thick as you continue to work so that you don’t end up with a lot of fire wood kindling.

Cedar Strip Boat Building: Milling Cedar-strips, Part Three

In the third video, I continue ripping the cedar planks into 1/4″ thick strips and discuss a bit of shop safety and also my methodology for how I operate the table saw.

Cedar Strip Boat Building: Milling Cedar-strips, Part Four

In the fourth video, I explain the importance of using a push stick and how I bundle and store the cedar strips.