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Stripping the Bottom Part One

In this video I am stripping up the bottom.

Continuing Stripping the Kayak

In this video I am continuing with the stripping on the side of the kayak. Because of the fairly plumb bow and stern of the microBootlegger design, these strips run straight of the ends. This makes the stripping fairly straight-forward as there is no shaping involved beyond the rolling bevel.

Setting Up Forms

Here I show using an aluminum strongback and spacers to quickly and accurately set up forms. This same technique would work with a plywood box beam. The aluminum is more rigid, but the plywood will work as well.

My newer book "Building Strip Planked Boats" includes a description of the spacer method of setting up forms on an internal strongback.

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.