Okay, just getting started after building my first kayak from another companys plans. Looking at the material list for the 11ft design; 1. the 1- 8"x 1 1/2" cedar board to cut into rail, how long should the board be initially? 2. The 11 or so pine 2x4's, again, how long do I buy them? It also says 2 at "board length"? What is "board length"? 3. 2x2 Luan plywood, what thickness? 4. Can I use 1/4inch thick Luaun plywood instead on 1/8 for "RIBS"? These plans appear to be a little more confusing than my kayak plans, so I hope all of you can walk me thru this? Thanks in advance for all you help!
Post by juliangibraltar on Aug 7, 2014 3:01:52 GMT -5
Hi dk64, welcome! We've got some excellent kayak builders here who make this build look super cool!
1. The strips for the rails should be slightly over 11ft (11.5'-12' should be ok). 2. They need to be longer than the width of the board which is 31" so probably a couple of inches either side, 35"-36". The 2 at board length are at 11'. 3. The 2'x2' Luan plywood is seen being used on page 16 of the build guide. It just needs to be sturdy enough to hold the guide blocks, 3/16 or 1/4 should be more than enough. 4. You can use the 1/4 instead of the 1/8 for the ribs but it will make it all unnecessarily very heavy....mine is roughly the right dimensions and comes in at around 64lbs!
What I did with the plans is read it a couple of times 'till it was a bit clearer in my head then rewrite only the relevant bits for myself on a pad in a way I would understand it or explain it to a lumber merchant! Have fun!