John's Cedar Kayak
Page Three: Stripping the Hull
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Each strip is attached to the prior one by running glue into the cove of the prior strip, then laying the bead of the new strip tightly into the joint. The new strips are held in place with a combination of clamps, duct tape and staples.
My original plan was to do the stripping completely "stapleless" so there wouldn't be a bunch of little holes in each strip, but I abandoned that plan when a few strips wouldn't conform tightly to the other strips without it. My current plan is "semi-stapleless", so I have about 1/4 of the staples normally in a stapled boat.
The staple holes aren't visible from more than a few feet away, and really don't make a difference until someone gets close and asks "hey, what are all those little holes?". There are a few other things with this boat that also look better from more than 5 feet away, but those are my secrets.
I'm using the lighter color cedar strips for the bottom, and saving the darker ones for the deck. Still haven't decided on a deck pattern, but I'm partial towards curves that would complement the flow of water around the boat.
The kid in this photo is from down the street and
spent a half hour riding his bike in and out of garage, asking a hundred
questions. He only ran over some strips once.
Fairing the Hull
I wanted to clean up the hull to get a break from stripping, and my thinking was that if I do some now, then I may not get so tired of it later on.
means getting the curves of the boat smooth. I used a block plane and a
fairing board. A fairing board is a piece of thin plywood with rough
sandpaper glued to it and two handles. I made my fairing board 4.5"
by 22", so a standard 9" by 11"sheet of sandpaper is cut in two
and glued to the board with spray contact cement.
During the fairing I found a few strips that were a little thinner than the rest, and I now regret using them. Adjacent strips need to be the same height to properly fair the boat, and now I find the fairing will be more work than I had thought.
The thinner strips were defects caused when ripping the wood and having the board come away from the saw fence. It may just be 1/16" of an inch, but that's a lot of wood to take off from surrounding strips!
upside is that I'm really glad to be doing this fairing now, so I will be more
careful about strip thickness when I'm stripping the much more visible deck.
the stem strips are shaped, I will turn the boat over and lay out a few patterns
of strips on the deck to help decide on a design.
Okay, here's the stern keel, all done:
Created: December 1, 2002