LumberJocks

Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'plywood on frame'

  • Advertise with us
View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #7: Launch Day!!!

08-19-2017 07:07 PM by English | 2 comments »

Here are the finished kayaks. I found and old Kayak Trailer on Craigslist. It looked perfect for the kayaks. I made each one of them a Kayak Buggy. Here we are putting them together at the lake. In the water pictures of each Kayak. I hope the grand-kids will keep these for the rest of there lives. Thanks for looking.

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #6: Painting The Kayaks

08-19-2017 06:22 PM by English | 0 comments »

It’s time to finish the Kayaks, My grandson requested navy blue with a deep green cockpit, and a natural deck. My Granddaughter requested Teal with a navy blue cockpit. The cockpits of both Kayaks have to be sealed so if the kayaks get left out in the rain that water can not get between the frame and the plywood. All of the plywood to frame joints were filleted with thickened epoxy. After the epoxy fillets cured the cockpits are coated with two coats of epoxy. The kayaks h...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #5: Making the Mast, Rudder and Leeboard

08-18-2017 06:03 PM by English | 1 comment »

While some of the epoxy was curing I got stated making the mast, the mast partner, the Rudder, and the Leeboard. For the mast I decided to make a birdsmouth 8 segment mast. I needed a finished mast that was 1-1/2” in diameter. I started by cutting 8 Douglas Fir strips each cut to 5/8” x 3/4” x 8’. On each piece I routed a grove that was cut by a 45 degree x 45 degree router bit. To assemble the mast you place one of the right angle sides into the grove on another stri...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #4: Making Outriggers and Crossarms

07-31-2017 08:38 PM by English | 0 comments »

At this point I needed to get the outriggers made so that they would be ready for paint at the same time as the Kayaks. To get started I knew I needed a outrigger that would support the weight of my grandson. He is 6’3 and 250lbs. I looked at a lot of options for outriggers, Stitch and glue, made out of foam, inflatable, a frame covered with cloth and epoxied. He is quite tough on things so I decided wood with Fiberglass would hold up best. I found a plan on the internet for a small ...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #3: Kayak Build: Painting the bottoms

07-29-2017 11:58 PM by English | 3 comments »

After the epoxy fill coats have cured for a day or two the boats had to be sanded smooth. I cleaned up the sanding dust by washing the boat with warm water then a lacquer thinner swipe. After Taping off the boat at the water line I painted the bottoms of both boats with a two part epoxy bottom paint with Teflon added. This is a very hard paint that is very hard to scratch. It holds up great to being dragged up on beaches. The tape was removed to show the b...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #2: Installing The plywood and Fiberglass

07-28-2017 09:06 PM by English | 2 comments »

Next step is to install plywood to the faired frame. I am using 6 mm Okoume Marine Plywood for the sides and bottom and 3mm for the decks. The side panels are fitted and screwed to the frame . The bottoms are fitted and screwed. The panels are marked to show where the panels touch the frame and removed from the frame. The frames, and the panels where they make contact to the frames, are coated with epoxy, then reinstalled to the frame using #7×3/4” stainles...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #1: Kayak Build: Getting Started

07-23-2017 11:58 AM by English | 3 comments »

This winter I started a new project for my Grand Children. I started building a Kayak for each of them. For my Grandson who loves to fish, I built a 12’ kayak. For my Grand Daughter I built a two person 15’ kayak. I started with plans from Spira International.com. The plans for the 12’ kayak is free. The Huntington Harbor. I purchased the plans for my Grand Daughters kayak. It is called the Wilamette River. I want these to last a life time so I used the good q...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #16: Crack in Fiberglass on Transom

04-30-2017 09:07 PM by English | 2 comments »

Over the summer last year I noticed a crack developing beside my outboard on the transom. The crack is where a butt splice was on the transom when I originally built the boat. I had built the transom for a 20” motor and when I received the motor it needed 21 3/4” to get the cavitation plate even with the bottom of the hull. I considered several options for the repair. I considered removing the plywood off the entire transom, removing the 2×4 and the 2×8 an...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #15: Perfomance Update.

09-18-2015 09:33 PM by English | 7 comments »

I wanted to update my blog to let folks know that I had performance issues with my flat bottom designed boat. I believe I caused the issue by adding so much weight forward in the cabin and pilot house. The boat had a real control issue. It would not steer well at low speeds. The boat would just seem to slide sideways instead of turning. In reverse there was no control at all. The front of the boat would fish tail back and forth banging the dock on the way out of the ramp. I contacted t...

Read this entry »


View English's profile

19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #14: Finished trim and fit and launched.

07-29-2015 12:02 AM by English | 23 comments »

I have finished the boat!! It was launched this week. The boat did well on it’s sea trails, floated well and did not take on any water. I have 814 Hours in the build and the boat weighs 1749 lbs. But to not get to far ahead of the story, Since my last entry, I have trimmed the boat in White Oak stained to red mahogany, and finished with three coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine varnish. I made shaker style doors for the battery locker, the entrance to the cabin and a storage area under...

Read this entry »


1 2 3 next »
22 entries


DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com