Stripping The Deck - Petrel Kayak Build - E5

I scarf together sheer strips and then strip the deck up to before installing some accent strips at the deck feature lines

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hey welcome to Episode Five of building
the Petrel strip built sea kayak in
this episode we will be working on
stripping the deck I apologize for the
sound in advance I had the problem with
my microphone it was recorded over a
year ago so not much they can do about
it now but let's get right to it
I've cut down another shear strip for
the deck I scarfed it together to have a
long piece out of the dark wood and then
I've tapered the ends so basically I'm
ready at this point to start beveling
this edge so I get a nice tight joint on
the outside there again we're trying to
get essentially a miter between the hull
and the deck here doesn't need to be
perfect we'll have a chance to clean it
up later but we just want to get it
close so we've done a number the forum's
just to make it easy to drop things back
into place so on to by the time we get
to seven basically no beveling is
required so from here we'll take a block
plane and just eyeball the gap there and
try and match the gap
so the Geo strips join it the balance
turn just like this and so I want to
make a miter between those two before I
do that since I'm going to put some glue
in there I just want to put a little bit
of masking tape over the inner stem
there so things don't get cleared down
so this is going to come straight out
and meet in the sharp point
something like that and then to get a
good tight fit on I'll just run saw
through it again that's a good tight fit
they can put a little glue in there hold
that together with a little tape
I'm also gonna clip off that sharp point
because that's just gonna break off
eventually anyways so I'm gonna do an
alternating herringbone on the deck and
that means the second set of strips run
down the center line and then the third
set will run along the shear line center
line shear line center line shear line
sentiments your line etc and we have a
cockpit in the middle so we only need to
go as far as the cockpit you'll see the
first flat form is where the cockpit is
I want to make sure I'm into the cockpit
so I'm gonna cut it off even with that
form so I want a cove out situation here
since I'm gonna be doing this
alternating thing I always want the cove
out so I'm always fitting a strip into a
cove so I took a couple strips and I
ripped the bead off and now I have two
opposing coves and this will fit right
up into the end and run down the center
line as far as the cockpit and I could
take one strip and put coals on both
sides and just run that up the middle
and that would work great however I do
like to get a little bit of a natural v
up near the bow I think it looks good so
back here it's going to be rounded and a
smooth transition from left to right
side up and here I do want a little bit
of an angle there so there's a little
feature aligned Ridge right down the
middle so by having two pieces I can
naturally get that and I'll end up doing
a little bit of beveling on these strips
to get them so they middle
a bit of an angle but only so far as a
couple forms back yet so I'm gonna start
by just putting that a little bit of a
bevel in there so I start to form that
feet next I want to put points on these
strips so they fit up into the valve
right there between those two sheer
strips I'm just going to get this
centered so the intersection here is on
the same on both sides
mark that tape
and that looks like it'll probably be a
pretty good fit I just need to put a
bead on each of those edges so beads
pretty easy to create just take knock
the corners off and then knock the
corners off the corners
it looks good
so there's some tape curves right here
just above the shear line as it's
transitioning to the back deck and the
normal width strip would end up being
pretty far off the forms back here so
there's a pretty big gap right back here
with a regular width strip so I ended up
cutting some half-inch wide strips by
just taking one of my regular strips
cutting it to half-inch by cutting the
cove off and then re running it through
and re-establishing a cove on there and
with these the narrower strips conform
to that shape a little bit better and
then when I go to put the next strip on
that'll be a better fit so I have these
half inch wide strips I'm going to use
those on either side on the next to the
shear and these strips are 17 feet long
and we're following the shear line here
which is on the 17 foot boat is a little
bit longer than 17 feet so these strips
end up a few inches shy of being
full-length so I have some extra strips
here and what I'm going to do is fit one
of these strips at one end fit another
strip at the other end and then make it
joint someplace here in the middle just
a butt joint in that way I can get the
fit easily
without worrying about the length and
just do the length adjustment by cutting
that butt joint in the middle I've got a
simple little miter box here that I can
just use to cut off the end of the strip
where I'm going to make the butt joint
it's got a little bit of an angle to it
not much
it's nothing magical about this it's
just by using this I can get good
consistent joints whenever I cut the
butt joint and it's simple simple easy
to make just a couple scraps of plywood
around a piece of wood quick and easy so
I'm just going to cut off the end of the
strip here with this now this ends cut
to a known angle and if I use the miter
box on the other piece it'll cut a
matching angle
I cut this over long that way I don't
have to deal with the excess swinging
around there but I still have room to
so I have a full-length strip here
now the 17-foot strips are long enough
to go all the way from the bow to the
stern here the tricky part is I need to
fit this end up into the cove and have
it exactly the right length so when I
glue it all in it's tight there and it's
tight here so I've dry fit it here and
put some clamps some little clamping
jigs on it to hold it in place while I
make some measurements so with it fit
into the cove all the way down here
I'm gonna take and get this tight in
there as far as I can get and then make
a line just a mark like that I tend to
use a double line just so it doesn't get
confused with other marks I make on the
boat so this means when these lines are
lined up it's the right length to fit
all the way up in the bow so I can now
unclamp the whole thing and just work on
this end and try and get these joints
lined up get those marks lines so I have
unclamp the far end and now I just want
to work on getting the length right so
here the those marks are lined up
perfectly right there but I want to give
myself some room for error so I'm gonna
slide it to make it a little bit longer
so I've got about an inch between the
marks now
and so the strips gonna come up to about
here let's all take and lop it off with
that blank
now I want to fit the taper up into
there so this is where it's going to be
when it's lined up I've got enough
length here to work on it a little bit
and so I'm just gonna line this up with
that the end of the gap here and then
see where it's the same width so I'm
just gonna line it up with the end of
the gap here and then see where it
overlaps the strip on the other side
make a mark there and then just draw out
that taper so it's gonna look something
like that
and I'll take and cut off most of that
excess now I want to plane it down to
the line so it's down to the line now I
want to bead on there so I'm going to
cut the corner off both corners and then
cut the corner off those corners so I
get a pretty good approximation of a
bead on there light it up and see how it
goes into that gap this is quite a bit
of upward curvature here in the end so
it's gonna stress the strip a little bit
I'm sticking it into the cove there and
using the cove to help guide it up feel
pressed up into that Cove all right so
it's bottomed out here it's still a bit
of a gap there actually that's not too
bad for a first effort
so we still have an inch here of excess
length in order to make it fit at the
other end so even though though this is
perfect the lengths not perfect so we've
got to trim this down some more and one
thing to remember is there's a inch inch
difference in length here that means I
want to take an inch off in length here
approximately so that's going to be
cutting this back at the tape or
something like that so I'm not taking an
inch off this bevel I'm taking an inch
off the length we want to make sure we
don't mess up the the bevel angle here
still have a half inch or so to go back
here this fit looks pretty good maybe a
little bit loose up here in the toe and
tighten the heel although if this really
sunk down in there there's a bit of a
gap in that but that's not bad just Cove
in there with the bead up in the cove
that'll be a pretty tight joint but I
just still need to take some length off
that's pretty darn good for length it's
off by maybe three 30 seconds let's go
and try and make it fit so we'll glue it
up staple it in go on to the next one
so I'm at the point now where the strips
coming up the side have reached the edge
of the cockpit as a consequence I no
longer need to have full-length strips
going from one end to the other I can
start at the bow come back to the
cockpit sort of the stern come up to the
cockpit and leave the cockpit hole open
and makes fitting a lot easier I don't
need to worry about getting the length
perfect I just need to fit the ends and
have them overhang the cockpit hole
I just want to make sure I have enough
wood there to get past the edge of the
there's a little feature line on the
back deck and I actually have it on the
front deck also but it's more subtle on
the back deck where the deck comes up
rounded and has a bit of an angle and
then flat I've got that marks right here
and here and on the back deck is quite
subtle but I think it highlights the
shape of the boat nicely and what I want
to do is put an accent on that feature
line right here right here and I'll do
the same up at the bow of the boat but
for now I'm just concerned about the
back deck and you see this feature line
starts it's a couple strips away here
here it's less than a strip and it
continues up to about here and so what I
plan to do is just strip over that
section and trim it back put in an
accent stripe and then I'll continue
stripping so I want to do is make sure
I've got that feature line covered with
strips and then I'll come back after the
glue is dried and reach from that and
put in the accent so I'm just going to
put in a couple short pieces of strip
here get them glued and stapled and
placed let that dry and then while I'm
working on the foredeck this should be
drying up and I should be able to come
back and trim back that feature along
so I'll come back later mark this out
and trim that off and then continue
stripping on the front deck the feature
lines a little bit more obvious you see
there's a quite distinct angle right
there but I've got a few more strips
before I get there at least two before I
start to get this and then I'll cover
the lower section like I did on the back
deck and then come trim that off and
then continue stripping the deck above
that same on both sides so I'm just
looking for strips to run from the point
up here back to the cockpit the cockpit
starting to shorten up here they're
starting to get farther forward so I'll
just make sure I step beyond the edge of
the cockpit and I want to make sure I
strip beyond the edge of that feature I
put the glue in here I'm not putting a
lot of glue just enough to get a little
bit of squeeze out when I go to put the
strip in I want it dripping out the
strength of the boats
so I'm up to the point where I've gone
past the feature line at this forum so
now I'm just gonna fill up past the
feature line on this side then go do the
same on the other side so just find
whatever strips I have that are long
enough to get past it and them in place
notice that as I put these strips up to
come to the feature line I don't try and
wrap over the feature line I don't try
and bend it down on to the flatter deck
to pass that angle I want to have it
come up matching that angle then I'll
trim it off and come in from the other
okay that's enough for today that's a
long episode the next episode we'll
finish up stripping up the deck we'll
put an accent at the feature line and
just close up the deck and maybe we'll
get to putting some of the combing in
we'll see how far we get how long that
episode runs I didn't expect this
episode to go as long but I figured I'd
get all the relevant stuff in in one
episode and the next episode will be
something a little bit different so if
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