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Introduction: 8' Folding Kayak

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I made an 8''ve attempted to gather the most helpful tips and modification from each set of plans.

The kayak is made of plywood and canvas, and is bonded together with contact cement. The entire boat is coated in latex primer and paint, which waterproofs it. It folds up for easy storage, and is relatively easy to carry short distances.

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Step 1: Gather and Prepare Materials

These are the materials you will need to make one kayak:
  • 2 - 1/4"" x 2"" Heavy Canvas, untreated
  • Waterproof Wood Glue
  • 2 - 2""C""step-toolbar""stepBody""step-tip""step-question""step-comment""svg-pdf step-download download-pdf login-required verification-required""course""step2""step""SBAD6KLGC7F5PAK""step-title""mediaset""no-js-photoset""Cut the Wood, Paint the Interior""https://cdn.instructables.com/FJA/DZ67/GC4GDEGR/FJADZ67GC4GDEGR.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&height=300""Cut the Wood, Paint the Interior""https://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/B7QD/GC7F5PIQ/FD0B7QDGC7F5PIQ.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&height=300""step-body"" from the front of the kayak, and can be whatever shape you''d like. Don'' x 12"" inches in from the edge, all the way around the kayak. Apply two coats of contact cement to the 2"" marked line as a guide. The shorter strips are applied to the front and back of the boat, the longer strips on the sides. Stretch the canvas, and apply slowly, smoothing wrinkles as you go. After each strip has been fully applied to one side, flip the kayak over and apply the remaining canvas to the bottom.

    The strips will overlap, apply contact cement on the canvas where the overlap occurs, and secure.

    This is the most difficult part of the kayak assembly, it requires patience. This step is easier with two people.

    Allow to dry for at least several hours before installing the spreaders.

Step 5: Install Stop Blocks

Eight stop blocks will the 1 last update 2020/07/15 hold each spreader board in place. The spreader board will pop into place between the stop block.

Cut 16 stops blocks from wood lath. Mine are about 1.5"".

Determine where you would like your spreader boards to be positioned by installing them and getting in your kayak. I installed mine 22"" from the rear, giving me enough room to sit with my legs extended.

Install stop blocks using waterproof wood glue. These will be installed on the unpainted sections of the inside of the kayak.
Eight stop blocks will hold each spreader board in place. The spreader board will pop into place between the stop block.

Cut 16 stops blocks from wood lath. Mine are about 1.5"".

Determine where you would like your spreader boards to be positioned by installing them and getting in your kayak. I installed mine 22"" from the rear, giving me enough room to sit with my legs extended.

Install stop blocks using waterproof wood glue. These will be installed on the unpainted sections of the inside of the kayak.

Step 6: Install Center Canvas

Install the spreader boards. Measure the largest gaps, at the front and end of the cockpit. This will determine how wide your center canvas strip will be.

You should add  4""step-toolbar""stepBody""step-tip""step-question""step-comment""svg-pdf step-download download-pdf login-required verification-required""course""step7""step""SC0NZ09GDRPYNF7""step-title""mediaset""no-js-photoset""Assemble and Install the Seat and Seat Rails""https://cdn.instructables.com/FD4/ZDVQ/GDRPYNFB/FD4ZDVQGDRPYNFB.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&height=300""Assemble and Install the Seat and Seat Rails""https://cdn.instructables.com/F69/1T69/GDRPYNLI/F691T69GDRPYNLI.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&height=300""Assemble and Install the Seat and Seat Rails""https://cdn.instructables.com/FS4/HFY8/GDRPYNMH/FS4HFY8GDRPYNMH.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&height=300""step-body"" x 2"" long. Attach these to the floor of the kayak on the unpainted sections.

Cut two plywood rectangles for the seat. Determine the size of each piece with the spreaders installed in the kayak. Measure the distance between the seat rails to determine the width.

Cut out a small piece of canvas to use as a hinge, attach the two pieces of wood together. Paint and prime.

After the kayak and the seat have been painted attach velcro to the seat and the rails.

Step 8: Prime and Paint

Prime the kayak, seat and spreader boards.

Coat the seat, spreader boards and the kayak with at least 3 coats of paint.

Step 9: Enjoy!

First trip out was a success! The kayak is stable, and a lot faster than I expected. It was a very windy day, so the water was pretty rough.

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Stephen Dittoe

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Nice project. I made the kayak, the Blue Skunk, for my two children. I perform some simple calculations using trapezoidal approximations and determined that the mid waterline (perimeter canvas) is 300 pounds (not counting the kayak''m curious if anyone has tried this with Liquid Nails bonding it together?

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Also, does standard exterior paint really waterproof this without leaking/seeping?

Would paint&primer paint also work?

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