Building canoe seats (part 2)

March 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

I left off part one having built the canoe seat frames. The nylon webbing finally arrived, so I was able to finish the job (hence the part 2 now).

After the joints had cured, I routered the edges off and varnished. The seat frame is now ready for some nylon mesh.

I plotted the location of the strap on the seat frame and then cut the strap to length and stapled one end into place.

nylon mesh canoe seat

Then, using a lever (the use of which is nicely shown in a video here), I added tension to the strap.

A bit of  stapling, weaving, stretching, and more stapling later, I have some nice canoe seats.

nylon mesh canoe seat

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§ 2 Responses to Building canoe seats (part 2)

  • Steve says:

    Looks great, I need to replace the canning on my seats.
    Where did you get the strapping?
    Did you go with polypro?
    Do you feel the staples will be strong enough, I was thinking of some sort of screw with a washer but staples would sure be easier.

    • rstruck says:

      Hi Steve,
      I bought the strapping from an eBay vendor. It’s nylon webbing. I guess it’s a toss-up which one is better. Nylon is recommended for outdoor/marine applications, but absorbs water and is subject to stretching. You can find a comparison chart at I think the staples will hold, but if they don’t, I might go your route. I looked at some commercially-produced seats at various canoe gear shops, and all of the strapped seats (that I saw, at least) used staples. Hope this helps.

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