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    A Plank Pirogue

    Tree uprooted and broke the concrete slab the boats were stored on. Neighbors fence, car and cover, fence and gate were damaged. Root system was rotten under the ground.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Some interruptions are bad, like this one. Could have been much worse.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Satsuma's are a variety of mandarin oranges but are sweeter and juicier. They are considered to be cold hardy. They were brought to New Orleans from Satsuma, Japan in the18th. century. There is a unincorporated community near my home known as Satsuma, Louisiana. As a child I thought the...
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Some interruptions are not bad, like a couple of fishing trips or this. Global warming showed up in south Louisiana in a big way today, low 20's tonight so I had too get busy and pick my Satsuma oranges. Blessed with a great crop this year.
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    Got To Love Pirogue Fishing

    October is one of my favorite months to fish. Bass fishing may even be more challenging than building boats. Cypress trees are a staple target to fish and usually very productive. This trip not so much. The fish in the picture was caught on a bank with no nearby trees or visible cover. It...
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    Got To Love Pirogue Fishing

    Made a few trips recently. All successful in one form or other. Water levels and quality have improved with the cooler weather.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Set the support stations on the strongback. Weighted the floor and set the rocker. Cut the sides out and attached(no pictures) them to the floor and stems. Laminated strips to make the curved batter boards. This is as far as I have progressed.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Had some interruptions but made some progress. Turned the bottom over and scraped the excess glue. The scraper works well for this. Faster than the sander but more "elbow grease".
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Dave, I'm not sure about how well the paint would stick the wood and cloth together. My understanding of the process of canvassing a canoe is that the cloth is attached and held in place by stretching and tacking it. A filler is added to seal the cloth and wood from leaks. It also smooth's...
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Tongue and groove 3/8" boards formed into side panels. Placed the side pattern onto them and traced outline of the sides. This is as far as I have progressed.
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    Epoxy/Fiberglass Strength

    I told you it was too much data for me to think about. The 25% increase in weight was in reference to 1/4" strips vs. 5/16". My mistake. The comparison for strength was from the chart. 3/16" with glass equals 5/16" with glass? Just saying doesn't seem likely to me. If so how? Why?
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    Epoxy/Fiberglass Strength

    5/16" is about 25% heavier than 3/16". His test showed both equal pounds to failure with 2 layers of 6oz. cloth. Does not compute for me. There is a lot of data presented and probably overall accurate. A "real" pirogue maker once told me anything you add to the build will add strength. It...
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    Epoxy/Fiberglass Strength

    In the text he states "between two layers of 6 oz." so I assume one layer of glass on each side. Hurts my head to dwell on that much data, but I see some things that may need more testing to verify. 3/16" cedar covered with 2 layers of cloth vs. 5/16" covered with 2 layers of cloth?
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    Epoxy/Fiberglass Strength

    Found this information recently. Still doesn't answer "how strong is strong enough", but could be helpful.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Poor man fiber glassing is different than epoxy fiber glassing. First learned(hard way) truth is Titebond 3 dries much quicker than epoxy. That is good and bad. I removed the cloth and rolled on the glue and then repositioned the cloth. It did not hold. The roller did not apply enough...
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    A Plank Pirogue

    Maybe? I will make that decision after the boat is built. I want to see how stiff the floor is after covering only the inside, and using the tongue and groove joints. Also may finish the sides "natural" depending how the wood looks after being cut out. Jack the boat bottom will be max. 26"...
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    A Plank Pirogue

    My photography is worse than my woodworking. The picture angle makes the floor look much wider than it is. Floor is 13' long X 26" wide(8" behind center). Marked the panel and cut it out, then stretched cotton fabric(bed sheet) over the floor. This will be the inside of the bottom.
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    A Plank Pirogue

    The "Plank " part may not be technically correct. More like "solid wood panel". I did not have any suitable planks so I am making/using shorter boards jointed and glued into panels. For sometime I have been buying any "clear/solid" cedar fence boards I ran across. There is some waste and...
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    Test are ongoing. These samples were glue up in Oct. 2018 and were left outside on the ground. Picture was taken 8/8/18 but little change since. No delamination or rot in the coated cloth or wood. Pretty impressive to me for unpainted bed sheets and pine plywood.
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    Tests are ongoing. These are samples glued Oct. 2018 and left outside on the ground. Picture was taken 8/18/18 but no changes since.