West Greenland Skin On Frame Kayak

I purchased Building Skin-On-Frame Boats, by Robert Morris and decided to try and build a skin-on-frame West Greenland Kayak

Trouble is I really don't want to spend any money. So I am going to try to build this kayak for as little as possible.

First off I made the gun'ales using the board stretcher.


These are the two gun'ales screwed together for shaping and marking. Both ends have triangles cut out of the bottom at the ends to make it easier to join. At the far end you can see a curve cut into the top surface. That cut out makes for a smooth upper surface when the gun'ales are bent.

Two of the scarphs that make up the planks can be seen here along with some of the markings for the masik, center of the gun'ales and the mortises for the ribs. Robert Morris recommends making the gun'ales out of one piece of lumber. After marking and shaping that piece is ripped to make the two gun'ales. That method makes it easier to get symmetrical curves on both gun'ales.

After all the marks have been transferred and the gun'ales shaped, they were separated and the mortises for the ribs were cut.

Five braces are used, two external, and 3 internal. These braces determine the shape of the Kayak.

Once the shape is made, the ends of the gun'ales are kerf cut together

Another view of the bow joint after the kerf cut. Kerf cutting is the process of making a tight joint by passing a saw between the sections to be joined.

Jigged up, and ready to cut the deck beams. The internal braces have the centers marked. I clamped squares to the front and rear ones, and stretched a line between the end to help get a symmetrical hull shape. Since I used scarphed together lumber, there was differences between the way the gun'ales bent. The shavings on the floor came from planings the thickness to get both side to bend the same.

The rear deck beam installed and lashed together with waxed nylon thread.

The front lashing.

The deck beams are held in place by trunnels, basically holes are drilled through the gun'ales and dowels are driven in those holes.

Here are the gun'ales with the deck beams installed.

The knee brace is installed, and the masik blank is clamped to the gun'ales. The red lines on the masik blank are used to cut the compound angles need to fit the masik.

Deck Stringers, Stem Pieces, Keel and Chine Stringers


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