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post #1 of 13 Old 12-31-2008, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, Hi! This is me.

I just sort of jumped in with no intro. Sort of testing the waters. So time for an intro.

I have always wanted to build things of wood since I was kid. I always "just" knew I could build furniture if I could ever get a shop to work in. Took me till I was nearly 50 but finally got me a dedicated shop and found I was right. I can build furniture. And boats too!

After some not so good experiences with 'new' tools I got interested in Old Arn, cast iron machines of yesterday. I have been blessed to be able to acquire a 1940's cabinet shop full of tools. I had to restore each of them after being stored for 20+ years. Current ongoing project is a American 30" bandsaw built about 1915?

My pasions are Old Arn restorations. Building furniture and small boats. Kayaks mainly. It's a toss up as to which I like the most. I would rather be using a machine than restoring it, but just barely.

Here are a couple of recent projects. This TV stand just went into place last night.



This is skin covered kayak I am currently working on.




And one I finished this spring and spent the summer paddling. This one was plywood and strip construction.




And here is one of my machine restorations. This is a 1948 Delta Shaper. Before and after. I had some time off and restored this one in 6 days, ready to run


So, HOWDY YALL!!

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-31-2008, 09:10 AM
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The TV stand is very nice, but I love that Kayak. What wood are you using for the ribs and stringers?

I think that is a project I would like to try.

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Nice on the TV stand but Awesome on the Kayak... Welcome to the Forum.
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The kayaks, WOW!
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Good to see you here Kudzu. The kayak is amazing.
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Those kyacks are awesome. How much do those cost to build generally? Materials, glue, paddle, etc.

Seems like a lot of work.
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I love boats built in the traditional way, the way God
intended. These stitch and glue things just don't trip
my trigger.

It is a shame you had to hide the beauty of the frame.
Maybe you can do one in plexiglass!

The TV stand reminds me of an old desk some friends
of mine bought at a junk store. It was painted blue.
and then green and then white. When they got all the
paint off it was solid oak, with handles like yours.
On the back it was branded "Property of United States
Post Office 1886 Dodge City Kansas".

The way a naked boat should look!:



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Nice job on the shaper, too. I'm also interested in old wood-working machines.
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The TV stand is very nice, but I love that Kayak. What wood are you using for the ribs and stringers?

I think that is a project I would like to try.

George
Well, I did this one on the cheap to learn with. I don't recommend it either. I have plans to build several and the next one will be a good grade of marine ply for the frames. The stringers will probably be Western Red Cedar. It's hard to get good wood here though.

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Good to see you here Kudzu. The kayak is amazing.
Thanks, figured that had to be you. Couldn't be two with that name.

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Those kyacks are awesome. How much do those cost to build generally? Materials, glue, paddle, etc.

Seems like a lot of work.
Wren, the all wood one was a lot of work. Almost exactly 200 hours labor. Material costs were probably $300 to $350? Not much money but a lot of labor.

The one I am working on I will have $200 in it. Labor will be much less but I don't know yet how much but I am keeping a log.

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It is a shame you had to hide the beauty of the frame.
Maybe you can do one in plexiglass!
Don't laugh, it's being done. Well not plexiglass.

http://www.yostwerks.com/DesignsMenuWood.html
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For anyone interested in skin kayaks, I built my daughter's and a friends for about $120 total. I used pine studs, WRC and willow for ribs and stringers and did a PVC skin. (No poly required for waterproofing.) One of the boats is a 14 foot greenland, the other is a 16 foot baidarka. You can build these really cheaply, if you know where to get cheap wood. I can get 8' WRC 2x4s here for $8 and it takes about 4 to build a boat in those general sizes. The skin and outfitting is where the cost comes in for building these.

If you're interested look into traditional greenland paddles too (like in Kudzu's picture), also made from 2x4 it's just as fast as a "euro" (standard) paddle, but a whole lot lighter and cheaper if you build your own. I'll see if I can get some pics up of mine.

Nice work, Kudzu. What type of boat is that S&G? It looks like it might be a guillemot but my CLC Northbay has a very similar shape. Is the SOF a yostwerks design? The ribs look very similar to the ribs Tom Yost puts in his designs. I've been thinking about going to something like that, but they're quite heavy compared to my willow branches. How do you like that design?

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Welcome to the forum,
Very nice work. I like the look of the tv stand.
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What type of boat is that S&G? It looks like it might be a guillemot but my CLC Northbay has a very similar shape. Is the SOF a yostwerks design? ......... How do you like that design?

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The S&G is a KudzuCraft Wren. Never heard of it? That would be because it is my own design. Not really based on anything, I pretty much started from scratch on that one.

The SOF is my design but I did start with a Tom Yosts Sea Rider. Used his methods on it. Very impressed with how fast it goes together. I started sewing it up yesterday and hope to finish it up today.

I am working on a design right now for a shorter all around boat for the average paddler. SOF seems like the idea thing to us. Light weight and doesn't take a lot of extra to care of it. A shorter boat with good performance. It would be easy to store and handle.

Probably start building the prototype in the next few weeks. Want to have it tested and debugged by spring time.

And yes I build my own paddles too

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