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Ripping and Sorting Strips

The 2" strips were too wide for the kayak I am building so I ripped them in thirds. I will be "book matching" the strips on the boat, so I am keeping the strips in the order they came off the plank. As I rip the strips into thirds I sort each third into groups of corresponding thirds from all the other strips.

Cutting Strips

This is my setup for milling strips. I use a Delta Unisaw, with a Freud "Diablo" blade, the fence is the Delta "Unifence". I've got a couple saw horses on the in feed side and a table on the out feed side.

Cutting Forms for a Strip-Planked Kayak

The first step to assuring your boat comes out right is to assure you have accurate forms. You could buy a kit with pre-cut forms made on a CNC machine, but if you want to do it all yourself, cutting the forms from the paper patterns provided in the plans is not hard.

Fine Woodstrip Canoe Construction at the WoodenBoat School

Sep 5 2010 6:00 pm
Sep 11 2010 12:00 pm

I am privileged to take over the reins for this class from Ted Moores who had taught at the WoodenBoat School for 17 years. Ted is a godfather to all those who now build small boats using the strip-planked, fiberglass and epoxy method. He started this class at the WoodenBoat School building two canoes.

Outline of How to Build a Strip-Built Kayak

Here is a step-by-step overview of the process of building a strip kayak as described in my book. The bulleted links are to videos showing the process. While building a kayak may at first appear to be a big task, it can easily be broken down into a series of small manageable tasks. None of these steps are beyond the capability of the average person who has ever wielded modest hand tools.

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