To use free canoe building plans, gather all of the necessary tools and materials, and follow the step-by-step diagrams and instructions detailed in the plans to build your own canoe. In addition to the materials necessary for the task, wear the right safety equipment, such as safety goggles, gloves and breathing masks, in order to prevent wood debris and dust from damaging your body.
DIY-Wood-Boat.com and ChristinedeMerchant.com both provide a variety of free wood canoe building plans to choose from. DIY Wood Boat provides a Blue Bill model canoe plan, which is designed to combine the functional features of a canoe and a kayak. The Blue Bill model is a double-end paddling model, and it is lightweight enough to make it suitable for most hunting, fishing and general canoeing trips.
On the Christine de Merchant website, visitors can find links to all types of canoes, including dugout-style canoes and ocean canoes. The dugout-style canoe is built with a single sheet of plywood, and it is designed to be a minimalist boat with which beginners can experiment. The 1898 Passamaquody ocean canoe is a more complicated construction that comes from the book "The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America."