If narrower strips are used to plank a hull, the fairer the curve becomes. There is no flex when you sand or plane. The heat and dust added to the challenge. I still enjoy building and have fun doing it. Getting the angles was the challenge. How often will I have to refinish the boat? Seats were made of ash and a natural rettan cane.
Ocume plywood for bulkheads 4'x4'. Sign up for our Email Newsletter. Be careful sliding your hand along the strip to gain a new grip. No argument, it can be done. The examples of this principle of nature are everywhere around us and the same applies exactly to the smooth round surfaces of wood strip kayaks. We offer a wide range of canoe and kayak kit materials and supplies for the do-it-your-selfer.
Making the seats themselves was fairly straight forward. No gaps mean fewer fills. A smooth low friction hull means that you will get where you want to go faster with much less effort. I hope you will find this useful. Here you can see the series of jigs and wedges that I used to clamp each plank. There is a lot of information on this page and it's growing all the time, so be patient and read through all of it because it will be well worth your while. I would have preferred basswood over beech, for it it much softer, but basswood of an appropriate size was not available.
After the fourth coat, I was pleased with the finish. This helped to pull the two sides of the hull together as they met at the bow and stern. That means extended infeed and outfeed tables for the saw and router, and shop space at least twice as long as the board, at least temporarily. I 'm passionate about strip building boats! Store the boat out of the weather. Afterwards, I crosscut them to progressively larger widths. A person can make fire by rubbing two sticks together.