Wood Strip Kayak, post 6

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Project by Schwieb posted 10-30-2010 02:35 PM 4318 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So now the inside and outside of the hull and deck are prepared and fiberglass cloth and resin applied. Now comes the task of actually putting the halves together. The form comes out of the boat, the shearline, in this case, cherry strips, are final fitted and secured together. I found that straps and strapping tape worked very well.

The mesh is applied to the inside first. This requires some pretty tricky manuvering to roll out the mesh strip all the way to the ends from the cockpit opening and then to smooth out the mesh and resin. You really can only do one seam at a time, so you simply have to wait until the resin is hard. Moving things around could be disasterous at this point. The outside seam is 2 thicknesses of 4 oz. cloth about 3 1/2” wide. The painters tape is a trick that Victor showed me. The bottom line is that it makes finishing the seam easier and after working with this frozen snot for awhle I can say that anything that makes it easier to sand and finish is a good thing.

While we are at this we applied the last of the glass around the coaming of the cockpit. This is actually going quite well and the fit at the shear line is nice and tight. I’m proud of it. While the resin is hardening, I work on the outfitting components: Seat, foot brace, paddle or perhaps turn a bowl or 2.

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

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 04:44 PM

With a boat like this, you do not have to brag, the boat says it all. Beautiful kayak, a work of art and patience
with a nice looking shop backing it up. When you finish the kayak this winter, thanks to your location, you will
even be able to use it. I will be thinking of you while I am crosscountry skiing, providing we get snow this winter, hope you get to enjoy lots of time in the kayak and the shop. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 05:15 PM

thank´s for the update :-)
you realy have come a long way with it
the first picture of the inside is nearly a piece of art in it self

looking forward to the next installment Ken

take care

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 06:06 PM

My God Ken,
This kayak just gets more and more beautiful.
For me also what impress me the most is YOU! All the hours, all the patience, I can’t stop to be impressed each time you post. I would die to have a kayak like this, I don’t remember if I told you I do have two, one in fiberglass, and one 2 persons in plastic. My daughter and I spend wonderful hours in the two persons, and I have done plenty of exorcise and fishing in the other. Now they have been on hold for some years ,due to my arms. But the double I hope to use with friends for fishing, my sister gave me a fishfinder at my forty years birthday, to mount on the hull.
Best thoughts and a big wauuuuuuuuuuuu,

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

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 06:22 PM

Great work. It brings back lots of sticky memories. You know what I mean. I anxiously await the launching photos.

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

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 07:34 PM

Wow, I want one! I can’t imagine ever having one this nice.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 08:31 PM

Thanks for the latest progress report on the kayak. I look foward to the post showing it in the water. The wood strip kayak is on the to-do list, right after the QS oak morris chair, the curly maple writing desk, and numerous other worthwhile projects. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 10:05 PM

Yoh,yoh! That first pic is radical! Man, you are making me itch to build a boat again.

I admire your persistence Ken, great going!

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2010 02:30 AM

Ken – you sure do wet the appetite to begin constructing one of these things. Thanks for saring. This is very impressive.

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 05:28 AM

very cool, that first picture is great!!!

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

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 05:32 AM

Wow very impressive Ken great job .

-- wood crafting & classes

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 08:16 AM

Awesome work on that!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 10-31-2010 10:42 AM

If God didn’t want us to make wooden boats, why did He make trees float?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#13 posted 11-01-2010 05:47 AM

You’re continuing to make great progress! I think this step was the hardest in the whole process – your seams look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 12-18-2010 01:42 AM

Well done I love the contrast.

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