Well, G’Day to all the Southern Paddlers. I’m new to this forum, though I have visited a few times as a guest to check out the great information and ideas on here…which is sorta why I’m here now.
I’m building a ‘Canadian’ style canoe and posting the progress on the JEW Watercraft site. Matt did a special for me and changed his ‘Trapper’ design to 18 feet for me. I’m calling it the NT Trapper – I live in the Northern Territory of Australia. It’s my first attempt at a build, so I’ve been scouring the internet gathering info and ideas. While doing that, I came across Chuck’s Comfortable Pirogue Seat and got a set of plans emailed from Uncle John’s.
Trapper canoe? Pirogue Seat? Yeah, I know, I know, but I figured I could perhaps adapt the original so it could be used on a canoe bench seat….which is what I did.
Chuck has asked me if I’d post the ideas here, so anyone else who wants to use one (or more) of these in a canoe can get an idea of how to go about it. So, this is how I did it….Oh yeah, and I didn’t just want a seat, I also wanted it to turn into a chair when out of the boat, like the way Tx River Rat Ron did with his…
I had some 19mm marine ply to use for the side pieces, so figured I could narrow in down a bit more than the original. That also did away with the shear plates. Slats are pine and the rest is Jarrah, a hardwood.
The original on top, below is the ‘new’ shape for the sides.
I didn’t have any dowel to use (and the nearest place to get some is 500km from here), so I ripped some Jarrah down to ¾” x 1¾” to use instead (see, I’m even converting the metric for you lot)
The changes drawn over the originals.
The back-brace in the up position…
…and with the back legs down.
I needed to notch the front legs and the back legs cross-brace, so they fitted together neatly….
…and add a spacer to the front legs, so they fit inside the back ones
And that was about it. Everything else was as per the plans. I made up a dummy bench seat out of scrap to see how it all looked. (I’ve made this seat is to suit a 9” wide bench)
…and when it’s out of the canoe,
…otherwise it all folds up pretty neat.
As you can see from the pics, it’s still pretty raw, needs pulling apart, sanding and resin coats applied. To stop it moving across the bench, I’ll probably put a couple of blocks on the back of the bench when I get to that bit. (also thinking about perhaps having a closed top on the bench, make it removable from the canoe and attachable to the seat, so when the seat is used as a chair, there would be a little table on each side, hmmm beer holder as well I’m thinking, better be on the left, as I’m right handed. Ahh, the options are endless)
So, there ya go, that’s my modification to Chuck’s seat and Ron’s chair.