Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double (WDD) #11: Support Cradles

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 06-27-2020 02:30 AM 474 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Stitching the Rest of the Boat Part 11 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double (WDD) series Part 12: Tacking the Hull and Deck »

Simple Cradles
I picked two spots on the bottom of the hull that seemed to be good support points and transferred the angles with a protractor to some scrap 1/4” plywood. After confirming a good fit, I cut the cradles from scrap 3/4” plywood and routed the edges with a 1/4” round over bit. I used a 1” x 2” to fasten them to my sawhorses.

View of the bow support cradle.

It’s a pretty good fit. I measured from the wall as a reference to be sure the cradles are true to each other (kind of like marriage) and not putting a twist in the boat…that would suck! I’ll staple some plastic to the cradles so I don’t epoxy the kayak to them.

The next step is to remove the deck from the hull and tack the hull and deck assemblies with epoxy.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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