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Planks from siding?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brad Fisher, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hi, I'm working on a restoration project and am looking for tips on sourcing cedar for planks. I've heard that cedar siding can be milled and adapted. Who's done this, and how? Is it worth it, or should I just order planks from the OT guys?


    The attached photos are why I need planks!

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  2. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac

    Is your planking white cedar or red? I'm guessing red. If you can find a lumber yard that stocks western red cedar for siding, and even better if they let you select what matches your grain and color, buy it and saw it down the middle, then run thru the thickness planer to get the correct thickness of planking for your canoe. Then set the fence on the table saw and rip whatever width you require. Of course all the wood is kiln dried, and you won't have trouble with it until the tacks go in, when it wants to crack. Drill all the tack holes, and keep a spritzer bottle of water handy to keep the wood moist. TM...
  3. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    You didn't say what you are working on, but many canoes were made with western red cedar, and for that just go to your local box store and look at the cedar 2x material. Look at the larger sizes and look for the wane, as then there will be less knotts. Find pieces that you can get 4" wide clear pieces.
    If you have a real lumber yard near you, you could try that and get better grade cedar. But it will cost more.
  4. OP
    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Yep it’s red cedar, 3-3/4” wide. This is a 1966 OT Otca. Thanks for the encouragement!
  5. mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    And try to get close to vertical grain rather than flat for the planking.

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