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Stripping the Bottom Part One

In this video I am stripping up the bottom. I am doing a "straight" stripping pattern where I strip up one side completely without stripping the other side. I then come back and trim the strips to follow the centerline.

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. 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.

Build Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at the WoodenBoat School

Jul 25 2010 6:00 pm
Jul 31 2010 12:00 pm

Once again I will be leading students through the building of the Stitch and Glue Night Heron from a pile of plywood pieces through a fully assembled sea kayak at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

This fast-pace class is suitable for anyone from novice woodworkers who want an introduction to boatbuilding, through experienced boat builders who want to learn about stitch and glue kayak building and fiberglass work.

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