Build that kayak!

Finally! My skin-on-frame canvas kayak is underway. I have worked to find spare time to devote to this project, and it is starting to pay off. This is my first attempt at such things, but I think it is going quite well. I am learning about power tools and other implements of destruction that I am using to create a boat out of wood and thin air.

It took quite awhile to get the rib pieces traced, cut out, trued up, and assembled into the proper form to give this boat its shape. Since then, progress has been faster and more noticeable. Some of the work I do with the table saw is difficult without help, so I have been slowed somewhat by my belief in safety first.

This is a 12-foot canvas-on-frame boat. Enjoy the pics and stay tuned!

A look at the bow, with the top strake attached

This is a shot of the center section - the cockpit

Pic showing the length of the boat

A little update here – I attached another strake – this one on the side. This is the last strake I have cut and ready at this time. The pictures below show some of the detail here. Onward!

E strake in place on the frame

This shows the detail at the front end.


Christmas goodies

Well, Santa helped me get closer to having what I need to build the SOF kayak. He brought me the plans for the boat, and many tools, large and small. I now have a 10-inch table saw to rip the keel and strakes. I have wood chisels, a pocket hole jig, more clamps (never enough of those!), screws of various lengths, a pocket plane, pull saw, a new large toolbox just for the kayak project, with pull-out compartments for screws and other small objects, a carpenter’s square, and a nice electric staple gun to help with the canvas–even stainless steel staples!

My father gave me his Black & Decker Workmate once upon a time – I hope I still have it buried in my shed! That would be ideal for holding the frame as I assemble it. Progress is evident here. It’s too bad we are still in the icy grip of early January!


SOF Kayak Build

Hello! This category will follow my build of a 12-foot skin-on-frame (SOF) kayak.

The frame will be pine and the covering will be #10 cotton duck canvas. I have already begun to accumulate necessary tools and fasteners. Follow along as this first ever building project moves along.

I can’t really do this until spring arrives, since my “workshop” will be in my unattached (and unheated) garage. No time like the present to get ready. My plans and templates arrived yesterday. I have already bought a bandsaw – to cut out the rib pieces, and a table saw to rip the keel and the 11 strakes. I need a pocket hole jig, a wood chisel or two, and more clamps. I also have purchased a pull saw, a decent carpenter’s square, and various wood clamps. I have a corded and cordless drill and a small power sander.

Pics to follow!