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Project by jcs posted 05-31-2007 05:01 AM 2645 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a couple of winters ago. It was built entirely from scraps off of jobs sites and lumber scraps stored in my garage over the years. It was made fromcedar,redwood,mahagony,pine and whatever else was available. I got the loftings from Guillemet kayaks book. It took several months working on it nights. It is finished with 4oz. glass inside and out, with patches in the high wear areas .finished with epoxy and three coats of varnish.

-- John, Medford Oregon

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#1 posted 05-31-2007 05:48 AM

John…that’s beautiful….do you build to sell? I’ll show my brother. He lives in Portland and loves water sports and pretty toys…:). You would enjoy working with him…he and some friends (both experienced shapers) are starting a company to build SUP boards.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 05-31-2007 05:50 AM

It is a wonderful boat. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-31-2007 06:05 AM

A beautiful piece of work. Kayaking is a great sport. I’ve had my eye on this plan in Fine Woodworking for a long time. It’s a simple way to build one. If your signed up for FW online you can see it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 05-31-2007 06:21 AM

Nice job. I admire boat builders!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-31-2007 06:39 AM

Have you seen the Hobie mirage drive? It would be fun to install in something as sleek as this. I think you can buy them seperately. It would require a different foot well probably though.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 05-31-2007 07:02 AM

That is a thing of beauty!!! Nice job!!!


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#7 posted 05-31-2007 07:32 AM

John, that’s beautiful! I’d be reluctant to paddle it. But then I’m an old whitewater paddler, so anything we couldn’t peel off the rocks got babied.

Bob, if your brother is in Portland Oregon, not Maine, there’s a shop up in White Salmon he should go check out. They’ll help you build your own boat of similar beauty.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 02:28 PM

Where do you put the motor on this thing?

Really a great looking kayak John, Beautiful….doesn’t quite describe the workmanship, it’s much better. Lets face it, it’s a piece of woodworking art. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 05:08 PM

What a beautiful craft. The wood is outstanding and such a nice sleek design.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 06:30 PM

Beautiful kayak, I had a buddy that was going through a divorce so he built one 17 ft in his living room. He lived in a small trailer. At the time he was sewing cockpits for old byplanes, so thats what he did with this and man he turned a lot of head with this thing. Oh yea, he had to take out a picture window to get it out of the house. Was it worth it? To him it was, he said it kept him sane. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 06:42 PM

That’s really beautiful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 06-01-2007 03:52 PM

this is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And you made it from scraps of whatever?? !!! WOW.
A beautiful piece of water art.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 06-07-2007 05:12 PM

WOW! Thats something I have always wanted to build! Beautiful job!
We own two kayak’s now and love using them. One I pulled out of the garbage and restored and the second our kids gave us as a 25th wedding gift.

After I get all the other things built for our home I will hve time to build a kayak.

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#14 posted 08-03-2010 02:06 PM

Very nice. One of my dreams is to build a boat someday.

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 01:16 AM

I’ve always, I mean always, wanted to build a boat. But I set my eyes waaaay too high – like a 40 ft sailboat! Consequently I never had the nerve to get it going. I did start a dinghy because of the saying, “Old sailors never die; they just get a little dinghy” I’d have to finish it sometime! Yours is beautiful! from scrap even!!!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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