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TIPS AND TOOLS
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SHARING KNOWLEDGE IN THE BOAT-BUILDING COMMUNITY

Below are some helpful downloads for tools we use in the shop every day.

IF you are  building skin on frame and or a wood cored composite boat from one of our kayak kits we are sure they will be of use to you too.

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The Greenland Paddle

Considering buying or carving a Greenland Paddle? Here you can download a free guide to Greenland Paddle design based on desired features of performance. 

marking jig

MARKING JIG

Here you can download a free blueprint for a handy marking jig. This tool helps you layout lines parallel to a surface. It is extremely helpful for fairing the chines, gunwales, laying out masking lines for painting, etc... and can be made from scrap plywood.

epoxy calculator

WEST SYSTEMS CALCULATOR

Our Epoxy of choice for kit construction is West System. Often when building a kayak it is necessary to use only small amounts of epoxy, or other times it is necessary to use a large volume in proportion to the amount of fiberglass used. This tool gives values for both amount of resin and hardener needed based on a weight of fiberglass. Page 2 includes a table for quick reference while working in the shop. Links to the material data sheets for West System 206 and 207 hardeners are included on page 3.

radius gage

MEASURING JIG

Here you can download a free blueprint for making a handy radius checking gauge from a scrap piece of wood. Print the PDF and use it as a template to make your tool.

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radius checking gage