After eight kayaks, it's time for a change. I'm building a redbird Canoe, hopefully ready for a solo back country trip in Kejimkujic National Park this year.

There's a great video series by Nick Offerman to accompany the book and plans.

I've started in january, and have the forms cut and recently picked up the cedar planks. I'm waiting till I get my new air filtration unit installed before I get going with milling the cedar. It's a toxic wood.





- Transferred reference lines onto both sides of form pairs, cut stem clamp holes in stem sections.




- took a couple days off my part-time job after a bad fall on the ice at my Dad's place. We were cutting down a 60 foot pine (for no apparent reason, he's 90 and just comes up with these things for some entertainment). Cracked a rib and hurt my neck, so don't want to spend hours behind the wheel of a limo.


- I received the air filtration unit today. Got it in operation and was able to proceed milling the cedar. Toxic stuff in dust form. Full PPE, glasses, gloves, 3M respirator, tool vacuum and air filtration.

- Got the six 12 foot 1 x 6 planed down carefully to 3/4 thickness. tomorrow, if not driving, I'll start turning this stock into 1100 feet of 1/4 x  3/4 strips.


- How does a 175 pound 62 year old man get 65 pounds of air filtration mounted to the ceiling? Brush off those rope rescue technician skills.


What a difference this makes. 1050 CFM capacity, more than enough for my shop. After planing for a couple hours it was like being in fresh air outside.

planing line set up, 12 foot infeed and outfeed.


Grain pattern will be very nice under glass and epoxy.

Enough for today.




Just a few hours work today. Set up jointer line to dress up rough edge on planks, then set up cut line to start on strips. Lot of finicky adjustment and arrangement to mass produce. I’m going with 3/16” strips rather than 1/4. My last two strip kayaks were done this way, and after some research I’ve seen that others in the builder community have done this with canoes as well as kayaks.


Jointer line

Saw blade change. This 1/8" kerf Diablo carbide is the bomb for cutting strips efficiently and with minimal waste. 

Tons of fine, toxic dust. Max vacuum setup.

Cut line ready to go. Mass production tomorrow.



Cut the remaining five planks today. Four hours on the saw; not for the faint of heart or sound of mind. Got between 1200 - 1400 feet of strips, more than enough. There will be some walnut and basswood accent strips. I'll cut the exotics tomorrow hopefully, then get the strong-back set up.


Averaging 220 feet of good material from each 12 foot 1x6

Each strip is identified, each bundle identified. This will allow 'book marking' grain patterns side to side. There's good uniformity with this cedar, so I might not need to worry about this too much.

PPE in addition to two vacuum units, shop and tool, a directional fan feeding fresh air, and the air scrubber on high throughput all day. All possible  precautions taken.

 "Call me Dusty darling, everybody does" (fans of Little Britain will get the reference)





just a bit of shop time today. Working a couple airport runs for the limo company. Got the shop cleaned up from the cedar ripping operation, then did a major reorganization to make room to set up the strongback and still be able to use the tools.

 The new air scrubber is doing it’s job. This is a blue filter.