Inlays on S&G Kayack

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Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby bubbafun » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:32 pm

I would like to build a sea kayak using 3 or 4 mm sheets laminated together then glassed for rigidity and abrasion protection. Can I use multiple species on the decks top lamination for distinctiveness and beauty? How will that affect rigidity? Am I asking for some type of problem I don't know about due to my inexperience?

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Re: Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby DrBryanJ » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:47 am

Bubba: I've seen many examples of striper canoes built with different species of wood for different visual effects. They work fine so I don't see why your idea wouldn't work.
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Re: Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby billy c » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:46 am

or you can do onlays instead and level out with your epoxy coats
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Re: Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby bubbafun » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:19 pm

On lay???? Pattern laid on the surface and the epoxied on? That would probably work just fine. I wanted to do some decorative banding work around the cockpit ( think guitar sound hole) maybe a stylized compass in front of the cockpit?

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Re: Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby billy c » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:41 pm

Yes can be most thin materials that are leveled with a coat or two of epoxy
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Re: Inlays on S&G Kayack

Postby galamb » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:16 pm

If you are going for a clear finish, so likely a 4oz cloth over top of your wood you could simply use some veneer to make your decorations, epoxy them to your panels and then go over the whole thing with the cloth. (effectively making the veneer a decal)

The veneer would be a little proud, but you could feather in the edges and any (proudness - is that a word?) would probably be invisible unless you really got down and looked hard.
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