After a drawing-board and holiday hiatus, we are making sawdust again on the skin-on-frame outrigger project

So we went back to the drawing board for a bit on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project, as we noted last month. It was a productive venture – we made some improvements, got a lot of problems solved, and got some useful planning in. We confess, though, that we were eager to get back into the building phase, and around the holidays, we were finally able to do so. First step: stems.

Rikon 10" BandsawI decided to do sawn stems, which I think has worked out well. I got the components glued up and then waited for my Christmas present to come in: a band saw. To be clear, I barely have room for such a toy, but gosh – is it wonderful! I put it through its paces cutting the shape of the stems and then cutting the bevel on them. It will literally make this project possible. I also splurged on a new dust-collection system: $19.00 on a small shop-vac form Target. Oh yeah, we are gettin’ faaannnn-cy.

Stems - bow and sternSo here are the results, minus sanding and some seam-filling. I am pretty happy with the results and am getting psyched to pull the keel together. I have the scarf cut and am ready to put the rocker in next. I’m getting giddy…

2 Comments for “After a drawing-board and holiday hiatus, we are making sawdust again on the skin-on-frame outrigger project”

says:

Tim,
I’ve never heard of this brand bandsaw. What do you think of it?

says:

So far, so good, though I haven’t used it a lot yet. I had not heard of it either, but it a appeared in a circular for Woodcraft (www.woodcraft.com – its aimed at the high end – they generally don’t sell junk) and I talked to a guy there I am familiar with and he gave it a strong review.

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