Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #26: Fiberglassing the Coaming Ring

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-15-2020 04:15 AM 1184 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Attaching the Coaming Ring Part 26 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 27: Sanding the Boat »

There was quite a bit of filing to get all the layers even on the coaming ring. I used a Nicholson #49 rasp that was the perfect tool for the task. I’ve got grinder wheels from chair making that would do a quicker job, but doing it by hand was a more controlled and sure thing.

I sweated out my clothes on this job!

Stern coaming after filing.

Bow after filing.

With the coaming layers evened up, it was time to route the top edge with a 3/8” round-over bit.

The routed edge came out nice and even. I then used an 80-grit disc on my random orbit sander to touch things up and round over the bottom edge. This is the area your legs rub against while paddling.


Fiberglass cloth cut on a bias of 45 degrees drapes over complex shapes quite well. I ordered extra cloth to be able to cut nice long strips for this and the extra coaming rings I’ll produce for the spray deck.

The cloth frays less when cut on the bias. That’s a bonus!

The inside angle is sharp, so I used two pieces at the bow.

Stern after fiberglass.

Bow after fiberglass. The coaming turned out nice.

Apply second coat of epoxy to various parts and sand the kayak.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 05:14 AM

Beautiful project and love the blog!!!

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 08:34 AM

Thanks again. This one might be tough to paint flat green!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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