17' Cedar Kayak

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Project by AndrewT posted 06-20-2013 08:51 AM 3521 views 26 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. Just discovered this website while searching for ideas on things to make. I’m a fairly novice woodworker, but have found I kind of have a knack for it. Thought I’d share a project I finished recently.. it’s still not 100%, but only needs some varnish for UV protection. I have had it in the water a few times and who knows when I’ll get around to varnishing :/

This is a 17’ Cedar strip kayak, weighs in just short of 37 pounds.
It’s made of Northern White and Westen Red Cedar with the stem pieces and combing lip made of oak.
The strips were ripped from 1×6 planks. I hand beveled the edges of each strip to get the fit tight, a heat gun was used to bend any stuborn strips into place.
The whole unit is coated with 6oz fiberglass and epoxy resin inside and out. It’s incredibly strong.
All the fittings are recessed type fittings and internal hatch hold downs as well to keep the deck clean
I made the seat and back rest out of 3” minicell foam carved with a sure-form tool.

I’ve had the boat in the water a handful of times to date and it performs excellent!
I’m no kayaking expert, but in my opinion it’s super fast and effortless to paddle. Quite stable and tracks nearly perfectly. There are mistakes here and there, but I’m probably the only one who notices them. My wife looked at me like I was a nuts when I started this project, now she’s wondering when hers will be done!

I have a more complete photo build log here if anyone is interested:
It’s a Facebook photo album, but you don’t have to be a Facebook user to check it out via that link.

-- If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 09:00 AM

Very nice project.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 10:00 AM

WOW!! That sure is a beauty, very streamline,and graceful looking. I too am like your wife???

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 10:32 AM

Wow is right great job and a real beauty! Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 11:40 AM

Outstanding!, Super nice project and one you will obviously enjoy for years to come, Yes, I would agree you seem to have a nack for woodworking and this is a great place to expand your horizons, learn and be inspired. Welcome to LJs.

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 11:40 AM

I agree with the others….WOW!...beautiful job, looks superbly built…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 12:10 PM

Very cool, welcome th LJ.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 12:46 PM

Great job…very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 12:51 PM

you sure started in the deep end of the pond

beautiful build

welcome to LJ’s

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 01:10 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, very great build on a project that will give you a lot of pleasure for a long time.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 06-20-2013 01:39 PM

That’s incredible. Really nice job. Thanks for all the photos of the build.

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#11 posted 06-20-2013 02:34 PM

I’m impressed. Projects like this continue to “raise the bar”.

I’d better kick it into gear, or I’ll loose sight of your “tail lights”.

Thanks for posting.


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#12 posted 06-20-2013 02:57 PM

This is a beautiful vessel. Wonderful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#13 posted 06-20-2013 03:00 PM

So impressive and beautiful,outstanding build.

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#14 posted 06-20-2013 03:02 PM

First one I’ve seen with beveled strips, rather than cove and bead joints. Very nice.

-- Dave K.

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#15 posted 06-20-2013 03:02 PM

Very nice job Andrew.
From my experience once a boat is launched the drive to finish the details almost always drops off abruptly.
I think it’s because when they become living things what they do becomes much more important than how they look.
There will always be another day to get the varnish on. ......... Take her out today.

Oh yes, and do get the one for your wife done. ......... Maybe next winter. :-)

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

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