Strip Cedar Kayak #1: unfinished kayak

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Blog entry by Jan Hinsch posted 01-17-2011 06:17 PM 2546 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years ago I started looking into cedar strip kayaks in the internet. I find them amazing and although i’m not a very skilled woodworker I decided to give it a tray. I bought plans from ocean kayaks on the internet and started this journey with lots of ups and downs. Now I,m at the final stages but it’s gettin hard to finish. The only place big enough for me to do this project is a family farm that I only go on weekends on and off so it’s been like a Year and a half since i started.

-- Jan, Argentina

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:27 PM

Just recently I told a family member that one day before I die I want to build a cedar strip canoe; an area of woodworking I haven’t done yet. Looks like an interesting process. Yours looks really cool and well built. I really like the configuration. Great work and skills.
Keep us posted on it.

-- I AM in a world of wood!

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 06:38 PM

first : welcome to L J enjoy and have fun while you share and learn

second : the kayak look good sofare from here :-)

third: great things take the time they need not a second less or more
just enjoy the jouney with it

thank´s for sharing it with us

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 07:02 PM

One Ocean has good designs. You are making good progress. If it makes you feel any better, it took me 5 years to finish mine! You are ahead of my pace. There were a couple times where I had to let it sit for several months.
It is fun to see how a pile of wood starts to become a boat. Good luck!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 03:07 AM

Lookin’ Good!!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 03:20 AM

As Sammy Davis would say I got my eye on you!!!!!!

hope to see more of this.

Green with envy, full of joy for you!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 03:28 AM

Nice! Shouldn’t be too much longer before you get to paddle her silently and effortlessly through the water. My kayak is plastic .. I wish it were cedar, but still a relaxing experience to paddle.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 03:02 PM

you are making great progress

I keep telling myself that i would like to make one myself

thanks for showing


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 04:53 PM

Having been in the process of building a kayak myself, I can totally relate to what you have done so far. I have buit one too and am waiting for warmer weather to apply the top coat. When you get to the point of glassing it, let me know I have a few tips that I learned from a surfboard builder from Barzil that helped a lot.

Don’t give up. I have almost a year of working on mine and I have worked pretty steady until recently because of winter

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 09:08 PM

I really appreciate you posting that fourth picture. In the distant future when I get to build one, I won’t freak out as much when it looks like that, because I’ll know it’s a step in the process. Thanks and good luck, looks great so far!

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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