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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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JtL1p51dLMSAeihw6

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

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Absolutely gorgeous. I'm in awe.
 

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

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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…..
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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She is superb; great craftsmanship shows in the ride.
 

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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.
 

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

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

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Beautiful vessel. Nice work.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Beautiful Kayak excellent workmanship.
 

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Superb jog!

Definately on my bucket list.
 

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She is a keeper! Just for letting you bring the boat in the dining room; even more so for letting you do the epoxy there. The kayak is great looking, too. Thanks for sharing!
 

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That is a beautiful piece of work. Congratulations. Hope you have many years of enjoyment with that. Family heirloom for sure.
 

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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…..

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For centuries humans have built perfectly good boats - including strip-built - without using epoxy. If you choose a 'waterproof' or 'water-resistant' glue, your glue join should be stronger than the wood it bonds. Furhermore, you can use a fabric covering, even fiberglass cloth set in paint or varnish for your finished surface. I tried to post a photo here of a current project, but can't seem to get my 'Photobucket' accunt to work through my iPad, and hanged if I'm gonna go fire up my old steam-powered computer to post one photo!

Maybe another time.
 

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Beautiful kayak.
Impressive build, respect.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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