Mid March SOF Kayak Build – Start Kayaking


This week about half the people were finishing up the deck beam tenons and lashing the beams to the gunwales. The bottom boat ribs are getting cut and one person got the steamer going Saturday to bent all his ribs. I think he only lost two to cracking and had to re-do them.

Wood this year I’m told is much better, more expensive as well, out leader has not told us this impact yet. I’m happy with how the wood looks, very few knots. The wood was cut to the correct widths and was put into the soaking trays to get them good and wet prior to steaming.

I followed the lead of Ben working next to me and planned down the ribs after cutting so they would fit into the mortise. Others are using the full width and narrowing down just the ends to fit in. We will compare these techniques later to see which one works best. This is all about lessons learned and passing on the experience to the next year. Bill gave me his photos from Friday to post as well.  Our leader is in the “haz mat” suit in the below photos and is the “steamer meister”.

Canoe View

Photo By Bill of The Canoe In Process

Assembly Area View Photo by Bill

Assembly Area View Photo by Bill

A lot of the boats are at basically the same stage, those a little behind benefit form the experience of others to assist in the next step.

Photo by Bill Another View

Photo by Bill Another View

Kattie came late and missed the group shot Saturday.

SOF Builders Group Shot by Bill

SOF Builders Group Shot by Bill

Another Group Shot

Another Group Shot

Group Shot Again Changing Photographers

Group Shot Again Changing Photographers

Overhead View of Assembly Area - Photo by Bill

Overhead View of Assembly Area - Photo by Bill

Overhead View #2 of Assembly Area - Photo by Bill

Overhead View #2 of Assembly Area - Photo by Bill

Photo Of Katie

SOF Builder Late Arrival, Photo by Bill

Getting Ready to Pin Beams

Getting Ready to Pin Beams

My Kayak By March 11

My Kayak By March 11

Lashing The Beams After Pinning

Lashing The Beams After Pinning

Lashing the Bow and Stern

Lashing the Bow and Stern

Measuring the distance between mortises and the width outside to outside at mortise locating to caclulate the length of each rib (were engineers used a spreadsheet)

My Kayak Getting Ready for Ribs

My Kayak Getting Ready for Ribs

Electrical wire cut to rib lengths used to checkout how the fibs will look, allows changes prior to cutting wood.

Rib Tryout

Rib Tryout

Ribs cut but not planed yet.

Ribs Cut

Ribs Cut

Ribs Cut Planned and Fitted to Mortises

Ribs Cut Planned and Fitted to Mortises (My Boat)

The steamer was tried out and successfully used to bend the ribs for one boat on Saturday. Slow process doing a few at time. Two boxes will be fired up for the next session.

The Steamer

The Steam Up and Running

Ribs In Place

Ribs In Place

Just a photo from Monday showing the Huron River flowing into Strawberry Lake, Zukey Lake frozen, won’t be long to start kayaking again up and down the river. Can you name the lakes shown?

Huron River by Air

Huron River by Air

Leave A Comment

2 Comments

  1. DaveClauw

     /  June 9, 2013

    I would like to know where these kayaks are being built and is there a chance to see them in the process. I am going to build one next year and just getting some ideas now and how the process works. I would also like to know where I can by the string used to latch everything together. I live in Mt Clemens , MI. email is impingment@yahoo.com and ph is 586 610-5164

  2. The answer is yes, however most building is done in the winter months. Since you are a Detroit area East sider contact Chuck Smith for his group build on your side of town. Chuck Smith

    Bob

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *