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5. Cutting kayak plates from plywood
you rough cut the first template as seen on the previous page, flip the
big plywood sheet over so that it is now facing with the good side
up and position the rough template on top according to your plate
layout scheme. The pieces will now face each other with the good side.
cut both plates precisely at the same time, the pieces must stay sandwiched
together without shifting for the entire cutting operation. One way to accomplish
this quickly and efficiently is to stitch them with hot melt glue. You can
also wire them but that is far more tedious and their relative immobility
you wondered why the 1/2" - 3/4" margin around the plates, here
is the answer. If the hot glue spreads into the boundary of the clean kayak
plate, the glue may rip the veneer off - thus the sacrificial margin.
the plates hot glued and wiring holes marked out, now is the time to drill
all plate wiring holes (two holes at one pass). Set the depth on a 1/16"(1.5mm)
drill and go!
one side of the plates is cut, stop and dress any irregularities to a smooth
line. Hold the sander perpendicular to the plywood. Since the 'good side'
is sandwiched between the plates, the edge will be crisp clean and both
plates will be EXACT mirror images of each other. At this point the knife
cuts from the plans transfer should barely disappear and as soon as this
happens STOP! If you cut past the plate boundary in some places, do not
sand there. If anything, the plates can always be 'a hair' larger since
sanding them down is not a big problem but filling huge gaps between 'oversanded'
all is smooth and fair on one side, wire the plates in a few locations.
Remember, the holes are now all drilled and the hot glue seam on this side
cutting the other side. It will be helpful to elevate the cutting area as
well as to support the vulnerable plate tips, otherwise they will be bouncing
off the floor. Sand the other side smooth as well.
In the large photo, you can see the wiring that now holds the plates together
while the glue part is being removed.
hull plates. When you get to this stage, the rest of kayak building is a
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