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Kayak Build

Back in 2009 I decided to build myself a Cedar Strip Kayak. This was my first time at kayak building. I found the entire process to be very enjoyable and a great challenge. Before starting I made a few decisions:

  1. I decided to build my kayak with out using staples, primarily to avoid having marks from the staples but also because I thought this way of building would be more challenging. In place of staples I used the fishing line technique. What I discovered during the build was that I had a difficult time finding information online on how this technique works which is one reason I decided to record my build.
  2. I wanted my kayak to reflect my style. I decided to do a pattern of my own design on the top deck using Aspen and Bubinga.
  3. I purchased my pattern from One Ocean Kayaks. I went with the Cape Ann Single as I liked how it was a good compromise between speed and stability.

Once the plans arrived. The first order of business was to acquire clear cedar in 16' lengths. After a lot of calling around I finally found a source through Shaw Stewart Lumber in Minneapolis. Expect to pay nice hardwood lumber prices, around $5.50 a board foot.

With lumber on hand my needed to make my cedar strips. I already had a nice table saw although I did modify the side table and made a custom router table top. I wanted a nice size router table with a long fence and found exactly what I was looking for from Rockler. They also had the router bit for creating the bead and cove of the edges of my strips. It is the bead and cove that allows the strips to form a nice curve.


Running the cedar through the table saw. Cutting into 1/4" strips

Tagged in: Kayak Wood Working