Wood Strip Kayak, post 4

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Project by Schwieb posted 1454 days ago 2866 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make the cockpit “nice” but I had no idea that it would take almost as long to do this opening as it did to strip the entire boat. Over 220 individual pieces of cypress and red cedar were fitted together to trim out the opening and then I built up the lip using ash and cherry, took almost every clamp I could find to do it. I’m now doing the finish fairing and sanding to prep for the exterior fiberglassing. Then the halves come apart, the inside form removed, and the inside is smoothed up and a layer of glass on the inside. I figure I have nearly 300 hours in it so far. No wonder these things sell for thousands.

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

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 1454 days ago

great looking boat.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 1454 days ago

Absolutely stunning.

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#3 posted 1454 days ago

Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 1454 days ago

WOW!!! what a project, great job!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#5 posted 1454 days ago

Amazing work there Dr. Ken the extra effort will make for the perfect boat.
Keep up the good “wood” work.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 1454 days ago

Fantastic project and good work!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 1454 days ago

it realy come together now :-)
but the step in picture three , in my lack of knowledge I simply just don´t get it
whats the purpose of going the other direction , I can´t see the logic of it


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#8 posted 1454 days ago

I wish I owned it ,wow very nice. How difficult would you say it was ? and what joining method did you use?? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 1453 days ago

Dennis, I just remembered another reason for making the cockpit with the lateral pieces first before doing the vertical part of the coaming. It serves to lower the final height of the sides to make it more comfortable to paddle and control.

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

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#10 posted 1453 days ago

thank´s Ken
I´ll Pm you Later :-)


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#11 posted 1452 days ago

Kewl, I really want to try my hand at one of these in the future, the hours seem scary LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 1448 days ago

I love the idea of make my own boat and kayak and I hope it will come out looking like that it is real nice grate work

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#13 posted 1437 days ago

That’s a beautiful kayak. That’s very nicely done.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 1427 days ago

Just see that I never comment on this!
I have looked at it more than once and I’m deeply impressed.
So just want to leave my word, and the best of my thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 1368 days ago

My Faither (dad) used to build these with a canvas skin.
He still has all the plans that he drew himself.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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