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Project by Zipsss posted 03-24-2019 03:22 PM 1182 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By far my most complicated and longest running project, but finally is done. The kayak is based on plans from Nick Shade that I purchased about 7 months ago. The wood is Western Red Cedar and Western White Cedar with accents of mahogany. The strips of Cedar were cut to 3/4 inches wide and 5/16 thick and 14 feet long. It was a first of many techniques and ways to build with wood. From edge to edge gluing to fiberglassing and the extended use of Epoxies. The kayak weighs 37 lb. it is 14 feet long, and 24 inches wide.
After the glue up and sanding I applied 2 to 3 coats of fiberglass, several coats of epoxy and about 6 coats of marine varnish.
It took me a long time, but I don’t know how many hours. An educated guess is about 600 hours, but every minute was a joyous experience.
Special thanks to my wife for letting me do the epoxy in the dining room converted to a workshop (I needed a warm environment) and to Nick Shade for the very helpful vídeos.
For a lot more pictures follow this link:

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 03-24-2019 04:43 PM

Wow, magnificent! Really well done, you should be very proud on this one!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 03-24-2019 04:47 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. I’m in awe.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 03-24-2019 04:55 PM

Very Nice! Have Cedar sitting in the shop for over 20 years waiting for Canoe to be assembled!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 03-24-2019 05:24 PM

You certainly did a beautiful job on that. I love the strip built kayaks and canoes. Wanted to build one, but after some experience working with epoxy and fiberglass, I changed my mind and build a “skin over frame” kayak instead. Not as beautiful, but no epoxy…..

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 03-24-2019 06:57 PM

What a stunning craft you’ve made. On my list of beauties to build. You did an outstanding job. Yeah, I understand those to be a very detailed project..takes one’s psyche into paths not traveled. Deep soul travel to work on such a piece. I’m look forward to the time and space when I can build one or two of them.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#6 posted 03-24-2019 08:09 PM

Wow what a nice build, I have two kayaks but they are plastic and I’ve been wanting to make a wooden one for sometime now. You did an outstanding build.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#7 posted 03-24-2019 09:10 PM

She is superb; great craftsmanship shows in the ride.

-- Gary, Florida

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#8 posted 03-25-2019 12:25 AM

Beautiful kayak. Building one of these is on my to do list. I’ve got Nick’s book, and have read it a few times.

Did you glass both sides of the joint when joining the top and bottom, or just the inside? I worry about feathering a 2nd layer into the others.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#9 posted 03-25-2019 01:33 AM

Tremendous job on your kayak. I see others in production too. I like your extra photos, thanks for sharing and enjoy the boat.

-- AJ

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#10 posted 03-25-2019 01:47 AM

Great looking. If I tried one, it would probably end up a submarine. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 03-25-2019 02:07 AM

Beautiful vessel. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 03-25-2019 05:18 AM

Nice job. Anymore it’s a frame and some stretched nylon. Haven’t seen a properly lapped up Kayak for some time.

Thanks for the photo link.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 03-25-2019 07:06 AM

Absolutely beautiful. We all appreciate the lines and melt in our shoes when we see one. However, all of us above are remiss in ignoring the many positive comments that should have been addressed to your wife about giving up her dining room for a single seat kayak. Zipsss mentioned her but heck he has to, its his wife. So from all of us to Zipsss for his beautiful work and to his wife for allowing it too happen – thanks for posting.

-- DonB

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#14 posted 03-25-2019 12:33 PM

Beautiful Kayak excellent workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 03-25-2019 01:54 PM

Superb jog!

Definately on my bucket list.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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