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How to Make a Kayak - Fiberglassing the Inside

I'm using 4 ounce glass on the inside. I did not have a long enough roll to cover the whole deck in one piece so I pieced it together with an overlap at the front and back of the cockpit. I also slipped a strip of carbon fiber in between the layers behind the cockpit.

The "Dookey Schmutz" Award

Sometime back in the mid to early 1990's I read an article in WoodenBoat Magazine about building an icebox. I just did a little research and found the article. It was "Building a Proper Icebox" by Jim Brown in WoodenBoat Issue #99. You can read the article below. This is where I first came across the idea that a thick mixture of powder and epoxy has a name. What Jim said was:

How to Make a Kayak - Cleaning up the Interior

For me cleaning up the inside of the boat is one of the least satisfying aspects of building the kayak. Everything is concave so most of tools have trouble working on the interior surface. On the outside you can use a tool with a straight/flat working face because that face will easily contact the surface to do its job.

Problems with the #Kindle versions of My Books

Note:

As of February 2012, the Kindle files should be updated so the issues discussed below no longer apply. If you continue to experience readability issues with you Kindle additions of The Strip-Built Sea Kayak or Building Strip-Planked Boats, please try reloading the books from Amazon. If you see any other problems, please let me know.

How to Make a Kayak - Fiberglassing the outside

Cleanup

I tend to drip a lot of epoxy on the floor while I work, so I start by cleaning up whatever crud has accumulated so it does not become petrified. After sweeping the floor, dust off the boat.

How to Make a Kayak - Staining with an Edge

Two Tone Staining

Although I used different color woods to make a pattern on this boat, after looking at it for a bit I decided the contrast could use a little more "pop".

How to Make a Kayak - Scraping, Sanding and Fairing and Dust Control

Scraping

I first scrape the boat with a heavy duty paint scraper. This removes the any glue drips and starts to knock the corners off the strips.

Making the Coaming Recess for a Strip Kayak

Cutting Out the Cockpit

I made a paper pattern to define the size and shape of the cockpit recess area. The one I used here shows what remains on the deck, where I could have a paper pattern that constitutes the shape of the recess. Either way works.

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