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Table Of Half Breadth/heights
I purchased this really nice book the other day (at a substatially enflated price, should have bought it from NOAH's) called CANOECRAFT by Tom Moore. Now this book goes into extensive detail about building the cedar strip canoe. As informative and appealing as this book may seem, when I got to the 8 designs that they offer with "the purchase of the book" my first thought was "WHAT ARE THESE GUYS SMOKING"??? I am not, I repeat NOT a rocket scientist nor do I play one on TV. If somebody could please decipher these tables for me in a manner that is consistent with a ROOKIE BUILDER I would be forever grateful. I'm trying to transfer these things to grafting paper and would appreciate any advice you could give (NO , DON'T EVEN SUGGEST ME BUYING THE MOLDS, THIS IS WAR)
I hope you enjoyed my review of this book
I even got my copy of the book out to see if I could help.
I've built a few boats, but I couldn't understand the butts and WL's, either.
I have a friend that used these tables though, I will touch base with him.
The book Canoecraft will be most valuble once you get the tables sorted out.
It saved my butt more than once.
table of offsets: help is out there
I know this is an old post, but I just got here. Just in case this might be useful to someone:
An excellent source on lofting (I've found it both highly useful and easy to understand) is "Lofting" by Allan H. Vaites, published by Woodenboat Publications. It made all the difference on my first lofting project, a 17 foot sailboat. Because I only had a small scale lines drawing and no offsets, I had to draw out the lines full size. In the process I developed a table of offsets, an experience which has helped me when working in the other direction (from a table of offsets in "Canoecraft") to lay out accurate station and stem molds.
"Lofting" is only about 140 pages long, clearly written and generously illustrated, and costs about $20.
I will say that lofting is a complicated skill and even after two projects, I'm far from expert, but this book made things clear enough to me that so far I have been able, notwithstanding the odd bump in the road, to get where I've needed to go.