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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #28: Apply Keel Rub Strip

07-17-2020 02:37 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Change of PlansWell, the kayak build has moved back out to the garage. I’d planned to install hip braces today, but I needed to make progress on the guest bedroom, so I applied the keel rub strip instead. I found West System epoxy at a local marine supply today! I used this on my first two boat builds from plans back in the 90’s and it’s good epoxy. Due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, my kit didn’t come with dispensing pumps. I was able to purchase pumps for...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #27: Sanding the Boat

07-16-2020 01:14 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Running Out of EpoxyI’m at the very end of my epoxy and will need to supplement with a different brand available locally. That twist nudged me to sand the boat and possibly use the remaining epoxy for touch-up after sanding. The kit contents completed the build. It’s the extras like the Dynel rub strip and hip braces that make an extra purchase necessary. This photo shows the irregularities in the epoxy finish even after a good squeegee with a spreader. The 80-grit disc...

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

07-15-2020 04:15 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

FilingThere 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. RoutingWith the coaming layers evened up, it was time to route the top edge with a 3/8” rou...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #23: Fiberglassing the Deck

07-12-2020 08:08 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Same Process as HullAfter the hull epoxy was green cured, I scraped and rasped the drips and ensured the hull to deck joint was clean to accept a layer of fiberglass cloth across it. Fiberglassing the deck follows much of the same process as the hull. I taped the hatch ledges to avoid extra sanding, rasping or scraping. The fiberglass cloth is draped over the deck and trimmed so that it overlaps the hull a bit. Cloth is trimmed for the hatch covers. View of the bo...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #21: Fiberglassing the Hull

07-11-2020 08:11 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Fitting the ClothAfter a nice five-day camping trip, it’s back to building the kayak! I listed my kayak on Craigslist and have a “nibble”, so I need to get this one done… With the hull sanded and vacuumed, the four-ounce fiberglass cloth is draped over the boat. The extra is trimmed off the bottom to within about two inches. Darts are cut at the transom to make a way for the cloth to wrap around this complex shape. Fold over to cut the other dart...

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segments giant wing #1: process of a reception desk from segmente walnut in pictures

03-02-2019 08:41 PM by aviad mishaeli | 7 comments »

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #13: Installing the Floor

06-16-2015 08:09 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview Floor installation is pretty simple. Considerations include waterproofing, support, and water drainage. Waterproofing I previously fiberglassed the bottom side of the floor with 2.3 ounce fiberglass cloth and two light coats of epoxy. I used 6 ounce cloth for the side you step on with two coats of epoxy also. The top side of the floor will also be painted with flat green paint. Support The span between each rib is about two feet and 1/4” plywood would break wh...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #11: Fiberglassing the Deck

06-01-2015 03:09 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview Fiberglassing the deck is more complicated than the hull since the cockpit meets the deck at such a sharp angle. I completed the prep work for the deck at the same time I worked on the hull. The remaining steps to fiberglass the deck include fitting the cloth, applying epoxy, sanding, and fixing mistakes. Fitting the Cloth I chose to fiberglass the deck using only four pieces of cloth. I’m not sure I will use this technique on the next two boats. It was a challenge...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #10: Fiberglassing the Hull

05-28-2015 12:30 PM by DustyMark | 4 comments »

Overview Fiberglassing the hull involves prep work, fitting the fiberglass cloth, applying several coats of epoxy, and sanding. Prep Work Whatever condition the hull is when you fiberglass it, is the condition it will stay, since you don’t want to sand through the fiberglass. All the corners of the boat must be rounded to a minimum of 1/4” radius because fiberglass won’t lay well across a corner that it is tighter. Outside corners can be routered or filed. Inside...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #6: Applying the Plywood Hull Panels

05-19-2015 08:37 PM by DustyMark | 4 comments »

Fiberglass Experiment I applied a layer of fiberglass cloth to the plywood hull panels before work, betting they would be “green” cured in the afternoon upon my return. Using Raka 127 Resin and Raka 350 hardener at 72 degrees and 48% humidity the fiberglass was set perfectly in about 8 hours. It was bonded, yet flexible enough to not restrict the plywood from curving around the hull ribs. The epoxy is wet into the fiberglass cloth with a foam roller. I never pay...

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