Wood strip kayak - post 7

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Project by Schwieb posted 12-19-2010 04:32 PM 4282 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Between computer crashes and needing to get other things done, I haven’t done too much on the kayak lately but preparing for the final finish and building the backrest, footrest and paddle. All very time consuming things to make and then cover with fiberglass for strength and protection and get all nice and trimmed down for the final finish. I just picked up some Endura EX-2C 100 Clear Topcoat thanks to Paul the Shipwright’s recommendation, to do the final finish. Now I just need to be ready when the weather is right and finish this girl up. Note that I made the paddles (one a gift for my son) with a 70 degree twist so they are feathered. Lots of hand shaping involved in making those little jewels. I’m really struggling with whether to cut an opening in the rear deck for a hatch. So easy to mess it up and then making the lip to support it is a challenge

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 04:56 PM

Wow, it’s a beautiful project so far. If you need a test paddler, just let me know…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 05:47 PM

Looking very good Ken, If you need a test paddler just let Hal Know. I can’t wait to see the finished photos. you’ve done very good work here.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 06:14 PM

It has been great watching this project.
My Faither has been following as well. He is considering pulling out some of his old canvas skinned designs to see if they have potential in modern times.
So thanks for inspiring him.


-- 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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#4 posted 12-19-2010 07:40 PM

Not being a “student” of the kayak could you explain the tool in the 2nd photo and how it works – thank you and escuse me for my lack of education !!!

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 09:15 PM

1yeldud1: I actually posted that picture, to test if some of my buddies picked up on it. I inherited some planes from my Dad and the one shown is a Bailey #20 adjustable sole plane. Might be referred to as a radius plane. One can adjust the flexible sole from convex to concave. I used it to smooth out the cut on the inside of a back rest support. The exercise was partly about cleaning up, sharpening, and tuning the planes I have one at a time. There’s no such thing as a dumb question when you are trying to understand something.

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 09:25 PM

Wau, Ken!
This is just getting better and better, it sure is a beauty you have made.
And the paddles are just stunning also.
I enjoy of course the circular plane, even the close up made me confused for a moment, could not see the forest for the trees…
Best thoughts to you my friend,

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

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 10:51 PM

yes it is getting better and better ken :-)
and confusing Mads for second or two isn´t a easy thrick to pull …LOL well done

I realy look forward to see it in the waters more and more
I don´t think you shuold make the hatch as a after thought now
too easy to mess it up and I think it will spoile the look

well just my cent
thank´s for sharing

taker care

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 12:02 AM

Very sweet craft. thanks for sharing!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 10:00 AM

Dr. Ken, You surely most be feeling the excitement of nearing the end of what would be a daunting task for most ! And yet You have put together this floating master piece before Our very screens ! I have followed Your progress with amazement and curious nature on how to craft such a thing and what seems to be effortless for You I can’t help but think of all the frustration and mistakes I would encounter with such a project. I do see one possible obstacle in the maiden voyage perhaps, You obviously didn’t consider when crafting this impressive vessel , just how hard it will be to actually get it in the water when every passer buyer who sees this work of art is going to ask You a million questions LOL !! As beautiful and eye catching as this Kayak is I do know how much time and effort You pored into this thing and I really hope to see the finished product soon, but I also know You can’t rush perfection. So I will just wait with the rest of the Lumber J’s watching this post , to see the finishing touches and perhaps a parting grin on Your face as You push off !! Hope all is well and wishing You and Yours a Merry Christmas ,be safe !! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 10:28 AM

Hey ken,
Now that is one sweet craft…..nice job.

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#11 posted 12-20-2010 04:16 PM

Nice job on the kayak. Don’t worry about messing up the build by putting in a hatch. Compared to the cockpit coaming a hatch is easy to build. About six layers of glass makes a nice lip underneath.

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 07:50 PM

Whoa… o_o

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 10-26-2013 03:25 PM

This is beautiful Ken. The paddles alone are awesome. Do you have any in-water pictures?

-- God bless, Candy

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