Stands and form for wood strip sea kayak

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Project by Schwieb posted 05-01-2010 02:59 PM 6327 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually this is a work in progress but I “finished” this part of the project yesterday and just had to post it. I got the “round tuit” I had been needing for years to build a strip canoe from my oldest son, Ryan in NC who was determined to try to build a kayak so I decided to build one too. The design for this boat is taken from Nick Schade’s book and is the Guillemot. This is a pretty ambitious project worth the effort I’m sure. I made the stands more elaborate than Nick describes. They are designed to support the strongback and frame during construction and then by adding some webbing at the top later they can be used to support the finished kayak. I made them to be knocked apart by removing the pegs for transport if desired. Really I just wanted to see if I could do it. Now begins the process of making the 1200 linear feet of strips and gradually building the hull and deck. I have already taped the edges of the form to keep from gluing the strips to the form. For those that don’t know the boat is actually built in halves, then the form is removed and the halves glued together. There’s a heck of a lot of work goes into making the form and its accuracy is important but in reality it is just trash in the end unless you build another one.

I’m imagining the day I can take out into the Gulf or down one of the local rivers for a maiden voyage. Actually, the boat will be a gift for my wife Heidi.

Thank you Nick Schade for showing us a way to build one.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 03:10 PM

it´s realy looking good sofare from here
I look forward to see the progress with this kayak


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#2 posted 05-01-2010 03:11 PM

Please do a follow along,
I would love to see the progress of this project.
The forms are fabulous.
Thanks for sharing,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 03:35 PM

great knockdown joinery, and beautifully simple stands. i cant wait to see what the kayak looks like!

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 03:42 PM

Cool Design on the Stands. You could easily make a top piece to slip in as a sacrificial top and use them as saw horses too.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 05-01-2010 08:09 PM

Very nice stronback look like you will be able to turn stands 90* and add webbing for display / holding when formed.

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#6 posted 05-01-2010 10:01 PM

Wov! This is something, I’m deeply jealous, this is a project I would love to do. Perhaps one day, as I acually are going to be a member of a local cano and kayak club now… (Think you saw on my website that I kayak).
These stands are a beauty in them selfs, and I think it’s really clever to make them like that. You are going to have a happy wife. All my best wishes for the building. (Did not see the post since it’s the big weekend off dancing for my daughter, so we have been busy making clothes and looking at dance show).
The proud father and jealous lumber’dog’...
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 03:36 AM

Hey Schwieb,
Looking good so far and great stand….nice job.

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 10:35 AM

Looking forward to watching progress on the kayak. My wife and I currently use frame and skin kayaks that pack down into backpacks. They are great for their portability and paddle nicely but I love the beauty of a wooden kayak. Some day I hope to build us a couple. Perhaps watching your project evolve can inspire us to get started.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 03:41 AM

You are off to a great start! I finished a Redfish King a couple years ago and always enjoy taking it out.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 12:48 AM

Dr Ken, looks like a good start on Your latest project there. Its always a good idea to have a solid base to work off with something of that scale and those stands look like they will do the trick . You have more patience than I have My friend (1200 ft. of small strips)sounds like a lot of time at the TS ! Looking forward to the progress and hopefully some pics along the way. Stay safe and good luck !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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