The strongback

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve started mounting the forms, but before I get into that, I’d like to highlight some modifications that I’ve made to the strongback for this build.

First of all, space is at a premium. So to give me a little more flexibility, I’ve installed lockable wheels so that I can  roll the strongback where needed and lock them when I don’t want it to move. Hopefully this will help me avoid some of the awkward contortions I subjected myself to in my last build.

canoe building: strongback

As well, the new version of the strongback has a shelf that should come in handy for tools or if I’m scarfing several strips and need a long surface to rest them on. I accomplished this by extending some of the station supports 12″ over the edge of the strongback.

By the way, there’s a lot of information on the web and in Ted Moores’ “Canoecraft” on building a strongback. The one I have is perhaps a bit narrower than most at 8″, but has the advantage of having been built out of one sheet of plywood cut into six 8″ strips. The internal spacers and supports where made out of scrap material.

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