John's Spring Run

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Originally, I planned to build this kayak with only one color of wood -- including the stems and combing rim, but western red cedar is so variable that I decided to save that idea for another boat, when working with a more uniform wood species. 

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Clamps of all styles...



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I plan to add knee braces to help with rolling and for shade, so I've covered most of the cockpit recess with wood.


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More and more of the boat is coming together now.  It looks so ragged now, but with epoxy the true colors will appear.

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A thin walnut trim strip separates the light sapwood cedar from the darker cedar.

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Fairing time.

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The deck was removed and the hull wet-out with  sealing coat of epoxy.  Then I filled the cracks with a putty made from color-matched sanding dust, baking flour, and epoxy.

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A mahogany stem.

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Six ounce cloth ready to be epoxied.

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The cloth drapes nicely over the ends without trimming.

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Another layer of fiberglass along the keel will protect the boat from abrasion. 

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The keel patch was taped, then the glass was trimmed when while the epoxy was still soft.

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Now I can work on the deck and hull at the same time.  The deck is being prepared for epoxy.

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Spreader sticks prevent the hull from warping while it's off the mold.  The inside of the hull needs scraping, sanding and then fiberglass applied.

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The deck is ready to be sealed with epoxy.  The I'll fill gaps with putty, sand, and then glue fiberglass. 

Next steps are to fiberglass the deck and finish the inside of the hull.

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Created July 8, 2003 by John Caldeira.