Buying Wood microBootlegger Sport - E1

I'm starting a new strip built kayak build using nice Western red cedar for the hull and lighter inland red cedar for the bottom. I got some great boards - a 17' 2x10 and some 2x6s in various grades with nice color variations and grain patterns I hope to showcase. I'll cut them into blanks, then thin 3/16" strips, and decide on the layout to make the best use of the wood.

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In the next videos, I'll start ripping the lumber into strips and begin building. I have enough wood for this boat with some leftover for another project later. The initial inertia of getting started is always the hardest part, but now I've bought materials and I think it will make a beautiful boat. I look forward to taking you along. Let me know if you have any other questions!

I am lucky to have a good source of western red cedar less than an hour from where I live. Liberty Cedar in Kingston, RI will usually let me pick through their stacks to find exactly the wood I want. They have a great selection. On this trip I was getting wood for this build as well as for classes later in the year.

so it's time to get some wood and head 
over to Rhode Island to my wood supplier 
Liberty Cedar in Kingston around what 
are you gonna be building as a micro 
bootlegger sport so this is like the 
same boat I just built skin-on frame 
that is gonna be stripped though I'm 
looking for some nice dark Western 
red cedar 
and a little bit of lighter colored 
Western  red cedar we're expecting some 
snow tomorrow so I figured this is a 
good time to 
get out get to the lumberyard and back 
and maybe I can work on the wood during 
the snowstorm be looking for is nice 
western  red cedar good dark stuff 
hopefully a little bit of character to 
it either swirly grain sometimes I can 
find nice things running through it that 
would be for the top side of the bow and 
I'd like some lighter colorful 
a little less character and you little 
good plan 
just something will provide some 
so the main body of the boat 17-foot to 
buy ten of Western  red cedar 
it's all vertical grain and the boats 15 
and a half feet long so I need at least 
16 feet so 17 will be plenty next to 
length and 2 by 10 should be more than 
enough to cover the top side of the ball 
that could probably build the whole boat 
out of it if I wanted now it was a and 
better and I get another a and better 10 
footer Western  red cedar 2 by 6 which I 
was thinking of for the back deck book 
match that out it's got some interesting 
grain I think but just in case I don't 
really like that I've got some two 
pieces of seeing better 2 by 6 and 
actually a the seeing better the primary 
difference I found with that you know 
sometimes it's got knots 
other times it's just flat grain and you 
know for me that's great I can just rip 
strips off the edge especially on the 
back deck is fairly flat I'll be able to 
rip out two inch wide strips and just 
lay them down and make the back deck go 
quick and easy with some nice looking 
stuff so I got a couple pieces of that 
I'll rip them up see what looks nice but 
I'm using for this project I'll have it 
for later on then I got one piece of 1 
by 12 16 foot what they call inland red 
cedar I think it's basically a western 
red cedar but again to my purposes it's 
rough on one side which doesn't matter 
but it is again flat grain so I can just 
to thickness you know getting rid of the 
rough side and then rip strips off the 
side and just have a bunch of nice 
vertical drain strips on that time so 
I'm pretty pleased with myself yeah it's 
like $500 worth the wood but it's more 
than enough for one bow and I'll have 
some left over build another boat out of 
the leftovers at some point 
when I load up my lumber you know piling 
it on the roof rack of my Subaru and the 
relative to the length of the board's 
the crossbars of the roof rack of rarely 
close together and if you're not careful 
in how you load it up the full stack and 
start to bounce up and down so what I do 
when I'm loading up is I put the 
shortest thickness pieces on the bottom 
this sort of extends the footprint and 
makes it so it's not quite as bouncy and 
as as I put more boards on the pile to 
longer thinner pieces go on top and then 
I'll wrap the ends with a little bit of 
tape or a stretch wrap to bundle the 
long pieces together and just stiffen 
them up that way by having people 
contributing to the whole stiffness the 
pencil play build I took all the big 
yards I was building and then it's all 
done they went through all of who they 
take at like 
forty hours and edit it down into the 20 
or so episodes that resulted in the 
final series and that process was very 
labor intensive it took people basically 
here to take that three months three or 
four months worth of work and converted 
into twenty ten to twenty minute videos 
and I just can't afford to spend that 
much time on the video so what my plan 
is with this bill is to do a more blog 
sound kind of like what you see right 
here talking about what I'm doing as I'm 
doing it and hopefully I'll be able to 
break that video down quickly and get 
stuff out to a little bit more real time 
and so as I building you know I can get 
your feedback into what you want to see 
what you're interested in and you know 
be a little bit more responsive to what 
your questions and so as I'm going along 
you know feel free to ask questions post 
some comments and get your feedback to 
me and what you want to see and you can 
if you watch the whole petal play bill 
there might be something you saw there 
that want a little bit more detail on 
something that I just skipped because I 
either didn't give the video or 
expediency of editing I just dropped so 
I'd really like to get your feedback and 
have this series people responsive with 
your questions 
so here we have the the board that's 
going to be the main body of the boat it 
is a 2 by 8 and you see the grain is 
going vertically you see these lines 
right in there greens going vertically 
so I want to get vertical grain strips 
out of this so if I just rip strips off 
the side obviously they're going to be 
flat crane so instead I'll cut this into 
blanks like that and then cut those into 
strips just like that and so you can see 
this board has some dark color and some 
light streaks through it and I think it 
will be pretty interesting look pretty 
nice when it's done you get up here you 
look at the top and you see some of 
those streaks running through it so this 
end has a little bit of light color in 
it going to darker in that end is mostly 
dark and well once we get it ripped up 
into strips we'll try and figure out how 
to make that look best on the boat 
here's what I intend for the bottom of 
the boat and this is the inland red 
cedar it's all hard to see the grain on 
this let's see if we can zoom in here 
and so you see if this section of the 
board in the middle rains coming in arcs 
like this and you all that out to the 
side and there we've got sort of 
vertical grained and in this way and 
likewise over here 45 running that way 
so if I cut strips off my intention is 
to cut strips off the edge of this board 
so if I just cut them this way they'll 
be you know in 45 there and then as you 
as I get more towards the middle it'll 
be more vertical grain and I probably 
won't need to go all the way to the far 
side here to get everything I need you 
know I'm just doing the bottom of the 
boat here if I'm ripping 316 strips off 
of this and this is this material is a 
nominal 1-inch board here 
it's just a little bit over 3/4 and so 
it's rough on this side smooth on that 
side I'll take and skip playing this 
side if that smooth the color of this 
wood is it's very light colored as 
compared to the top side boards you can 
see a little bit of cathedral pattern 
here due to the flat grain nature of the 
so grains pretty wide as we cut up into 
here so again cutting this into thin 
strips that won't matter will get nice 
vertically grained strips it'll look 
really nice and but we have some color 
variation as we go across the board here 
and so it'll you know it should end up 
providing some visual interest and be 
pretty nice I don't want quite as much 
going on at the bottom as I do on the 
top side so if it's a little muted 
that's just fine I think it'll look nice 
looking down at the top face of the 
major body strips you can see it's good 
streaks through it these variations in 
color light streaks here dark with more 
streaks through it and so when I cut 
this into blanks like this I can either 
just relay those blanks down in the 
order they're cut off like this and sort 
of reproduce the face of this board on 
the side of the boat or I can take and 
cut I'm cutting strips this way and I 
can lay those down an order and make a 
different looking pattern so that's 
something we'll discuss after I cut 
these boards up exactly how to lay these 
down get a pattern that looks cool here 
we have the 2 by 6 as I selected my goal 
with these was to do the back deck 
section a nice book match back there the 
top two were the C and better grade so 
if you look at the green on these 
you see it runs kind of like that and on 
this one this grain is kind of running 
like that but it's very tight fine grain 
here this is actually quite a nice board 
grains running like that so with this 
one but this one obviously I could rip 
pieces off like that nice wide inch and 
a half wide pieces and they'll be 
vertically grained this one is sort of 
running at a 45 and so cutting pieces 
off there might not be the best and we 
look down at this one again here the 
grain is kind of running like that but 
more importantly if we look at the side 
of these this is a in better grade piece 
so it's fairly wide grain here on the a 
and better this being more vertically 
grained and then here on the seeing 
better this is very fine grain here on 
that edge and we go up to the next top 
one we've got a lot of color going on - 
nice streaks and stuff and you know 
ripping strips off of that get this make 
a really nice book match on that but the 
grain is so fine even though it's not 
really edge grain here it's still very 
fine grain and so I think that would 
really look nice and be nice tight and 
easy to work with with one of the seeing 
better boards for the back deck it's got 
these color variations in it there's you 
know occasional little twist of a not 
going on and you know the seeing better 
is a lot less expensive than the a and 
better but from my perspective this is 
maybe a nicer board than my a and better 
down at the bottom and so we'll see cut 
into it a little bit look at it see what 
we find 
next seeing better board 
not quite as interesting there's some 
little bit of color variation through it 
you can see again with the the wider 
grain due to the more flat grain 
orientation this board you can see the 
grain lines here or wider but they're 
nice and tight on that front face and 
here's the a and better board and so 
this you see the really tight grain on 
it in here but we don't I don't need 
that tight grain if I can rip off the 
edge of the board ripping off the edge 
here but maybe I don't maybe again I cut 
this into blanks and I could use wider 
blanks cut this into thirds of quarters 
and then rip those into 3/16 and you 
know get that nice grain pattern going 
on you see there's some nice color 
variation here and as we go down the 
there's some interesting stuff going on 
there so it's going to take a little 
pondering looking at it and deciding 
which it's going to look nicest on the 
it always takes me a while to get going 
on a project you know just that initial 
inertia to get started it's always hard 
to overcome but I've done it now I've 
gone and bought some wood I think it's 
going to be some nice material and so 
we'll end up ripping that up into strips 
and I think that will probably be what 
I'll be covering in the next episode but 
you know if you have any questions feel 
free to post them in the comments and oh 
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