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Cedar Strip Kayak Building: Aleut Baidarka LM2-14886

Cedar Strip Kayak Building: Rolling Over!

Building the cedar strip Shooting Star baidarka. Photo Copyright ©2006 Andrew Elizaga

The exterior of the hull is essentially finished.  It needs sanding and then another layer of epoxy to smooth it out, and then 2 weeks to cure, then more sanding, and 5 or more cycles of varnish and sanding before it's finally finished but now is a good time to stop and work on the deck.

I spent the day preparing to remove the hull from the strongback to roll it over and start stripping the deck.  I constructed two supports out of scrap wood and drywall screws (I had to cannibalize the strongback and attached "L-shaped brackets" for these). The hull rests on a band of old carpet slung and stapled across each of the supports.  Once the supports were constructed I removed the "L-shaped brackets" and with some help flipped the hull over.

Building the cedar strip Shooting Star baidarka. Photo Copyright ©2006 Andrew Elizaga

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