Light weight kneeling thwart

I’m getting old and do not like heavy stuff anymore. So when I needed to add a kneeling thwart to an old canoe I balked at adding the usual heavy old piece of ash and opted instead for the home-brewed design shown in the picture. I’ve tried it out, it feels pretty solid, and I figure it saves about a pound. It is made from 3/4 X 1/8 aluminum angle stock and 1/4" birch plywood. The canoe is not going to be used for whitewater. I do want to give credit to Ed’s Canoe for supplying the drops.


Cool… What is the wood… ply or something special and how did you make the metal part?

Good mornin’. Yes the wood is Birch plywood and the aluminum is simply cut from a 6’ length of angle stock bought at True Value hardware. It will be at MCS this weekend.



Hey, that makes really good sense.