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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #47: Duck Blind Planning

08-13-2020 03:49 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

What Fits?Duck season starts in MN on 9/26…I need to build my blind! Now that I know Copper will be riding in the back, the big question is “how many decoys can I realistically fit in the kayak?” I’m able to squeeze a dozen full-size decoys between me and Copper and stay below the notional height of the blind. My blind bag and six decoys fit in front of my feet. I’ll wedge my shotgun and case on the floor on one side of the kayak behind me. IR...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #17: Stitching the Hull and Deck Together

07-03-2020 05:05 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Wiring With the deck and hull fully cured, it was time to wire them together permanently A stick of wood laid across each end provides enough clearance to thread the stitches in place. I rolled each end of the wire so they wouldn’t slip out as I settled the two halves together. There are copper stitches about every four inches. You can pull the boat together with packing wrap instead, but I prefer the precision of copper wire stitches. The hull and deck are tacked...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #13: Fitting and Gluing the Hatches

07-01-2020 02:32 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Moved Kayak Build to the Basement!After an enjoyable three-night camping trip, I’m back to working on the kayak. It’s hot and humid here now and the forecast calls for temps in the 90’s by the end of the week. I haven’t installed my floors in the basement finishing project, so I moved my kayak build to the new guest bedroom. Nothing like building in air conditioned comfort. It’s a straight shot up the steps, so the kayak fits…nice! I’ll paint it ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #12: Tacking the Hull and Deck

06-27-2020 05:31 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Establishing the ShapeThe objective of this process is to establish the shape of the hull and the deck, including their fit with each other. This is done with thickened epoxy. I decided to use some gel superglue to be sure the panel sections didn’t creep out of position. I had some left over from my last build that was probably close to its shelf life. Here are some superglue tacks in the bow and in the stern. View of the stern area with some epoxy applied ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #10: Stitching the Rest of the Boat

06-26-2020 10:25 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Mistakes I stitched the stern of the kayak together, forgetting that there is a wineglass transom. I also forgot to bevel a curved area on the bow. I unstitched that area and was able to plane it with no big impact. No big deal, I just snipped the stern stitches and wired in the transom. View of the hull. Wiring the Deck Stitching begins at the front of the coaming area with the deck panel. Sheer panels are stitched next. My Dad made a timely visit and...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #8: Beveling the Panel Edges

06-26-2020 03:27 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Back to the BoatI installed a suspended ceiling and finished wiring the lights and switches in my finished basement project and also took a week vacation to Madeline Island in Lake Superior since last working on the kayak. I’m finally working on it a little bit between fishing and camping trips…I love summer in MN! Sharpening a Block Plane Blade with a Tormek SharpenerBeveling edges cleanly on thin mahogany plywood is best done with a sharp plane. My block plane blade was dul...

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