Do you want to trek through rivers in style? Fight through deadly waves or take a stroll through the oceans with a friend?

In that case, you’ll probably want to get a Kayak. Kayak building isn’t easy. You should be able to tell how intricate the designs are just from a single glance at the schematics. You need to make sure you’re doing everything right or else your Kayak might break down while you’re riding them!

That’s why we’re here to help. We’ll walk you through each step to make a proper Wood Kayak for you to ride around in.

Some Things You Need to Get a Hold of

Before we get started on actually building the Kayak, here are some of the things you need to gather.

Wood Working Tools

We’ll be dealing with a lot of wood, so we’ll need these tools to maintain and condition our materials. As such, we’ll be needing tools like wood sanders to smoothen the wood and saws for cutting them down to the length you need.

If you don’t want to use a kit, then you’ll have to use more woodworking tools to make the pieces you need for the Kayak.

Schematics

There are numerous types of kayaks. Each item has a plethora of unique characteristics that make them vastly different from one another.

If we were to teach you how to build every type, this guide would be more significant than an encyclopedia. Using a blueprint is an easy way to understand and develop the exact kind of Kayak you want.

Kayak Kit

This is optional but vitally important. We’ll assume that all of our readers are not knowledgeable in woodworking. If you plan on building from scratch, you’ll need to follow the schematics and cut out each piece accordingly.

A kit will give you every piece already cut. They’ll also have labels to help you figure out exactly which ones go where. They’ll make the entire process faster and easier.

Clean-up Kit

Once you’re done, you’ll be greeted with plenty of dust. So, keep a clean-up kit ready for once you’re done working. Also, make sure you have plastic sheeting. This will let you keep your pieces dirt free when you leave to take a break.

Miscellaneous

These include items such as paper towels, a few bricks, knives, and wood glue. You’ll need these for quite a bit of step, so make sure you keep them around while you build. 

Step by Step Instructions

With everything prepared, let’s get to the building. These steps should give you a general idea of what to do. It will also tell help once you’ve unpacked your kit or made all your pieces.

If you want to make each piece yourself, make sure you follow the blueprint to make accurate cuts of wood. Make sure you label each one so that you can keep track of what goes where. Afterward, you’re ready to get started. 

Setting up the Pieces

First off, we have to set everything up correctly. It will make the entire process much more manageable once we get started. For this, take each strip of wood. Then organize them on a dry surface in the order in which you will have to assemble them. 

The blueprint should give you adequate information on where you’ll keep each piece. Once you do, you’ll already get to see your Kayak coming to life on a 2D plane.

Assembling the Panels

Here, we get started. Go to your panel pieces and join them based on the labels. Use strong wood glue to attach the ends. Once you do, use a paper towel to wipe away the remaining drips. Some of the glue fluid will remain, but we’ll worry about them. Get something heavy. 

Place your brick on top of the connected pieces until the glue completely dries off. Once it’s done, use a sander to remove the glue stains. Repeat until all the panels are connected. 

Once that’s over, follow the instructions and get the measurements to drill the panel. This is necessary to make the hull.

Wiring the Hull

Now that you’ve drilled the panels, you’ll need to use them to wire the panels together and make the hull. Make sure you attach the right ones based on the blueprint. Once you do, you’ll see the general shape of the kayak form. Use some tape to maintain the structure until we reach the next step.

Installing the Bulkheads

We aren’t done with the wires just yet. Take out the bulkheads and measure it with your hull. The instructions should give you an accurate measurement based on your type of Kayak. Use that to drill in the holes on the bulkheads and hull and finally wire them together.

Applying the Epoxy

Next up, we have to use the epoxy. Make sure all the wires are added tightly. Then add the epoxy on the joints of all panel and along the bulkheads.

Afterwards, mix the epoxy with wood flour, resin and hardener until it’s as thick as toothpaste. Then, apply it on all the joints yet again and let it dry for a day. Do not use this mixture for the bulkheads.

Once you’re done, you’re ready to take out all the wires. You will now have to add this mixture to the wire holes to seal them off. 

Assemble the Deck Arch and Handle Backing Plates

Simply follow the schematics and find each piece of the deck arch and handle Backing Plates and use epoxy to connect the relevant parts.

Smooth out the Hull

Use an orbital sander to smooth out the epoxy to receive a smooth and rounded hull. Make sure you don’t sand for too long. This will cause indentations.

Adding the Deck

Place the deck carefully on top of the hull as the plans suggest. Use strong tape to attach the deck and hull temporarily. Use epoxy to connect every part of the floor correctly.

Now, take a knife and gently cut the deck away from the hull once the epoxy has hardened. Take off all the tape. 

While the deck is taken off, install the foot brace studs. Now, add the floor once more and use epoxy to attach the hull and deck together. 

Adding the Combings

Your kit will have multiple combings based on the number of hatches the Kayak will have. Put the top combings on top of the hatch and the bottom combings aligned adequately under the hatch. Use epoxy to add them together and use many clamps to hold them together until they dry off properly.

Now, we’ll move on to the cockpit combings. First, attach the small cockpit combings on each of the cockpits with epoxy with clamps. Afterwards, connect the large combings the same way.

Finishing Touches

Your Kayak is complete. But not quite. Now, you have to varnish it and colour it the way you want it. Make sure you use the right paint and right materials based on the kind of wood you’re using. Once that’s over, let it dry properly. 

Now, just add the remaining hardware as the schematics tell you, and you’re finally complete.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some things you need to remember while you build your Kayak.

  • Make sure you use fibreglass between steps to get the best-looking results.
  • Sand each time you use epoxy. They tend to leave a thick and bloated residue once hardened. You can use a plaining tool too, but that will need more manpower.
  • Be patient. Wait until you are entirely sure the epoxy mixture has hardened before you move on to the next step.
  • Do not sand for too long, no matter what. Indents can ruin your entire build. So, make sure you are careful.
  • Try to follow the instructions on the plans as carefully as possible. We gave you a general idea of the steps to take. The plans will provide you with the essential guidelines to make it work.

Conclusion

You’ll see that you can’t follow these steps precisely once you start building you’re Kayak. That’s because every Kayak is different. However, these steps will give you a general idea of what to do while you make your Kayak.

Now that you know the steps, you’ll know what to do and look out for a while building. You are now more than capable of making the right moves to create a stellar kayak to seize the seas!