I Have Another Question re: cedar strips

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Windship277, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Windship277

    Windship277 Previous Member

    I live in SoCal,...where in the heck do I find cedar strips? In Mass, no problem. I lived and sailed NE for 37 years. In SoCal...problem?
     
  2. Windship277

    Windship277 Previous Member

    Lol, tuff one eh? Lol. Ive been looking for 2 days and havent found anything. Hmmm...maybe ferrocement?...lol, no.
     
  3. upchurchmr
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    upchurchmr Senior Member

    Many of us make our own.
    A table saw makes it easy but tedious.

    Ive seen articles about guys making them with a hand held circular saw.

    I have to buy cedar from Home Depot or Lowes. 8', 10', sometimes 12' but never full length for a boat.
    That means butt joining them on the form.

    Perhaps you could get a cabinet shop to cut them for you if you bring the lumber.
    You can always get strips from CLCboats.com and other kayak kit builders, but to me its like paying gold for them.

    What are you going to build?
     
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    You can get anything in California, I don't understand you issues. What kind of cedar, Western red? Do you want it milled to dimension (narrows the search and availability considerably)? Will you inspect these strips or hope the seller simply sends you good stock? Do you know what a good, verses a bad strip looks like?

    Boat building, more than anything else is about problem solving and "engineering on the fly", if you're a "get it done person", you'll sort through the many issues and problems that arise in any build. If you're the type that finds themselves scratching their head a lot and this becomes a roadblock, you'll struggle with this project.
     
  5. Windship277

    Windship277 Previous Member

    H
    Heres what "type" I am. Im a lifelong sailor. I was in the marine biz for 23 years. I worked for Hunt, Alden, a cpl others, s few boat yards and owed my own marine repair and mod biz. Before that I was a welder fabricator for 20 years that designed almost all of the designs. I have extensive experience in electrical, plumbing, fiberglass repair and tooling, systems instal, hardware instal and mechanics but no expert. Im good at but not an expert at carpentry. I had a complete woodshop and employed a carpenter. I know whats strong but I ask because I have no experience with lapstrake. I dont rush into anything marine. Your life depends on what you know, how good you are at doing it and your boat. Im not in a hurry. Im looking for the best way to do it. Im a "get it done RIGHT"" person. Just "getting it done" Is no way to build an ocean going vessel....and you should know that...sorry. I dont throw anything together. How many hours do you have on the open ocean?
     
  6. Windship277

    Windship277 Previous Member

    Yah, I looked a depot. Hows the grain and knots? How much waste?
     
  7. Windship277

    Windship277 Previous Member

    Glen-L boats is near me, kinda. Ihave to call and see if they will sell to me. In my last sailboat an Endeavour 32, I bought rough teak boards, milled them down to 2"x3/8th"and milled ship lap joints with a space left for a 1/4x1/4 piece of holly installed it. I do have carpentry skills though prob not as good as you guys.
     

  8. upchurchmr
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    upchurchmr Senior Member

    Home Depot is bad.
    I usually get one or two boards per trip. Size varies
    That's looking thru 4 of 5 ricks of lumber varying from full to just a few boards.
    I don't recommend it, I just don't have much of an option.
    Usually I go back for around 6 days to get enough lumber to do 2 kayaks.

    The trick is to realize that the price is low, so all the waste is just bringing the cost up towards what guys with good supplies pay.
    And I just have to keep buying to get a selection of colors.
     
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