Tools

When building in wood you can never have too many clamps. It is sometimes said that you always need 1 more than you have on hand.When working with epoxy resin however working with clamps that have soft plastic coversare very handy, as they don't stick to the resin when it is hardened. I experienced that the cheapest clampsstick the least.zijn

I alsready had a "sargeant" (Dutch name for a really long adjustable clamp) but one was not enoughto clamp the separate sections of the transom together. Of a few pieces of Iron and a long strip I welded one myself.

In order to be able to press the individaul strips onto eachother I also made 14 clamps that can be clamped onto the molds. Between the clamp and the strip a simple wooden wedge presses the strips on the previous strips.

When preparing the first strips to be glued I found out that I was short on hands, so I created somevery simple "third hands" out of plywood. These guide the strips and give me time to set all the clamps.

As mentioned, you can never have too many clamps.

From a relative in the US I got some nifty tools.These can be used to set the depth of powertools likethe router or circular saw.

For the build of the kayak I could of course use the same tools again. Only the strips are thinner and thatmakes it harder to guide the strips along the routers to make a nice bead and cove.

I have now mounted my two routers under a sheet of Trespa.

With some machines it is necessary to remove the base plate first because otherwise you will have no possibility toscrew the machine onto the Trespa. Another reason why you might need to remove the base plate is that otherwise the routerbits aren't deep enough in the shaft of the machine.

The removed base plate can be used as a pattern to indicate locations for wholes.

By bolting two pieces of wood under the machines so that the strips just fit between them I can make the bead andcove rather quickly as needed.

Simplified imression of the router setup.

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