wood strip kayak, post2

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Project by Schwieb posted 07-04-2010 10:45 PM 4338 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just not savvy enough to do this as a blog although I tried. I will post a few pictures as a new project to show some progress. It has been a challenging and seductive project thus far. One begins with stripping the hull first aftter setting the shear line where the halves of the boat come together. This allows you to remove the form and finish the inside of the boat. You can only do so much and then you just have to let the glue dry overnight but it is so easy to spend a little time fairing out the finished parts of the boat with a block plane. She sucks you into spending time with her even when you should be doing something else. (Hence, seductive) The whole idea here is to bend strips of wood over a form and get them to stay in that position. I quickly developed a technique to “pre-bend” the strips with steam and clamps to make this more predictable and frankly easier to do. It goes together very slowly, one strip at a time. I counted at least 80 courses of strips. Most need to be scarfed together somewhere in the middle because the kayak is over 17’ long. Obviously you can’t have too many clamps. In his book, Nick Schade uses staples to hold the strips to the form, I just couldn’t bear to do that so I used some wild combinations of clamps. A good sharp block plane is absolutely imperative for fitting the strips.

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 11:59 PM

my o my it looks good in your pictures
both your working metode with prebent stribs
and the way you have choosen to use all those clamps
I like that idea even thow it´s ten time more difficult
and takes a lot longer time to finish the project
but every great pieces takes long time and we all know
it´s journey and not the arrivel that counts

it realy starts to come very well together on the
last two pictures
now I look forward to see your next post


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#2 posted 07-05-2010 12:37 AM

Hey Ken,
Great work space and cool Kayak.

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 05:11 AM

Hows it going Dr. ken, looks like You have been busy on Your latest project ! I must admit, You have gotten much further along then I would ever be given the same circumstances . And I must also admit that the Kayak looks very impressive to say the least! I see those stands You built are paying off. Are You finding it a challenge to work this large of a project by Your self and how many hours do You think You have in this build so far ? Anyway, just wanted to say great looking work so far and looking forward to the finished product ! As always, stay safe and keep both oars in the water !!!

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

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 11:12 AM

I guess you now are exited to put some laquer on the wood, to see the life, the nuance in the color and all the lines will become alive under the gloss – hmmmmmm – it’s really a beauty.
Do you know how to sail the kayak? (I have two my self, and enjoy this a lot, but mine ar plastic and fiberglass, and not beautiful at all…).
Thank you for this view.

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

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 01:38 PM

I see you’ve got the easy part finished! Looks great. Still need to find time to get the last coat of finish on my strip built. Right after I finish the crib for my new daughter and build a workbench.

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