How to Make a Kayak

Kayaking is one of the major sources of on-water fun and we love it by any mean. But what if you make your own kayak?

Yeah, it’s quite possible and many anglers are already riding on their hand-made kayaks. And to be frank, it’s not as tough as it sounds. All it needs it precision in woodworks, and a proper set of a guideline.

However, in this article today, we’ll be taking you through the steps of creating your own kayak out of scratch.

How Many Kinds of Kayaks Are There?

Well, the answer doesn’t have any one-word answer. Based on what type of water you’re thinking of, what is the age of the user, how much weight it’s going to load with- the answer may vary.

For an example, you can make a cardboard kayak for your kid to ride on the swimming pool. Also, you can make a cedar strip canoe for yourself to run on the river.

So, it depends on a number of facts.

Anyways, we’re not going to make things complicated in this article. And therefore, we’re going to provide a brief instruction on how to make a plywood kayak, as this is the most conventional ones for adults and for regular kayaking.

Steps of Making A Plywood Kayak

Plywood kayaks are light in weight, easy to build and paddle and are versatile in design. Keeping the basics same, you can modify it as per your wish.

Here are 5 basic steps to built a plywood kayak-

Step 1: Get The Plywood Sheets Ready

Get a set of plywood sheets where each of them should be 8 ft long and the ends of the sheets should be of knife-liked angle. Stack the plywood with the edges. Draw and layout the panels.

Step 2: Stitching The Plywood Panels Together

Now, stitch the ends of plywoods with wires of 3 inches long. Once done, clamp the sheets together to form a hull. Lift the side panels of the ends and separate the middle ones.  

Step 3: Gluing the Plywood Together

Now that, the basic structure of the hull is prepared, glue them together with CA glue. Use a small amount of glue and don’t overdo this.

Step 4: Fillet the Kayak Plywoods

Now, create fillets by laying sticks near front form. The two sticks at the bottom and the front should be parallel. And once done, create a fillet made of thickened epoxy.

Step 5: Fiberglassing

Before the epoxy fillet is dried, apply fiberglassing on the inside area.

Step 6: Preparing the Outsider Hull

After fiberglassing, there will be sharp corners that are likely to be damaged. So cover them up, a block plane to round over the chines.

Step 7: Installing The Deck

Now, it’s time to prepare the deck and the areas nearby. The deck will fit on top of the hull side.

Step 8: Cleanup and Finishing

Once the hull, deck, and other essential parts are done with making, clean up the debris and give touches of finish where needed.

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