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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #13: Done!

05-11-2019 02:46 PM by DustyMark | 5 comments »

I cranked this project out in 19 days and it’s ready to use for the opener of fishing up here in Minnesota. We’re planning on fishing in the afternoon after the crowds have dispersed a bit. Final Specifications The cooler came in at 19.2 pounds. This is as light as I could possibly make it and still be sturdy for real-world use and abuse. I substituted in fourth grade this week and in math class we computed the volume at 30 quarts. Mounted on Kayak It’s bi...

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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #12: Sanding and Painting the Cooler

05-09-2019 03:13 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

How Picky? I’m in the home stretch of the cooler project. I’ve heard that in a quality woodworking project, about a third of the project’s hours are spent on sanding and finishing. Each project warrants a quick analysis of “how good is good enough?” Do you want to simply protect the project from the elements, or do you want it to look “amazing” also? I have quality levels that I refer to as 1’, 5’, or 10’. What distance do I ...

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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #11: Fitting the Lid

05-06-2019 06:57 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

I decided to fit the lid before fiberglassing it and coating it with epoxy. I fitted the handles as well. Plane 3/16” spacers to set the hinge gap. The compression of the weatherstripping was perfect for this application. I used these same stainless steel hinges in my teardrop camper build. I installed the hinges closer to the outside edge than I had planned. It seemed this would be sturdier with the force of compressing the weatherstripping along the outside edges. I...

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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #6: Making the Top

05-02-2019 06:57 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

With the interior ready for another coat of resin, I fitted the top pieces. The interior edges were traced directly onto the foam for a custom fit. Nothing beats a track saw for cutting odd angles on projects like this. I use a sacrificial piece of foam for the blade to cut into. I often set this cutting operation up on my three folding shop tables. I’m using the tables at the moment, so I just worked on the floor. 1/2” of foam must be routed away around th...

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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #2: Sandwiching the Foam

04-30-2019 05:32 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

The Approach My plan is to make the cooler as light as possible without losing durability. 1” pink foam is sandwiched between the 1/4” outer shell and the 1/8” inner shell. 1/2” white pine is used to connect the two layers of plywood. I’ve added another layer of 1/4” plywood behind hinges or handles to give screws more material to bit into. Foam is routed out around the areas where the extra plywood is located so that the foam lays flat b...

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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #1: The Design

04-30-2019 05:07 AM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Background I plan to make fishing a regular past time this summer. I spent the winter customizing my Grumman Sport Boat as a very comfortable small-lake fishing platform for two people. One of the upgrades I made was a Hummingbird Helix 7 fish finder. This will help me to at least locate some fish! We camp, with our teardrop camper, at Madeline Island, in Lake Superior, twice a year. The past two seasons we hauled our 22.5’ sea kayak with us and did lots of paddling in the Apo...

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