Here’s where the stitching part of stitch and glue construction comes in.
The panels are all glued to their full lengths. The panels that meet at the shear seam all get beveled so that when the deck is epoxied to the hull the panels will meet correctly. Sorry about the terrible photos. Taking pictures in a dark garage leaves a lot to be desired.
This photo show a bit more detail of the panel gluing process. Epoxy won’t stick to wax paper, so I use that between the epoxy and anything I don’t want it to stick to. As you can see, the weights are improvised. I sawed apart a couple of 20 lb. dumb-bells that I no longer use for weight lifting, so that I would have four 10 lb. weights. For additional weights, bricks were easily acquired and very inexpensive.
Finishing up gluing panels and the cockpit apron.
These are the starboard side panels (if memory serves). I used the left over epoxy to fill the open grain on the cockpit coaming pieces.
Hull panels out of the box and laid out, ready to be glued to their full lengths. You can see the deck panels still in the box on the floor. I will actually glue all of the panels for one side of the kayak at at time. I just had the hull panels for both sides on the table to look at the grain and kind-of get the “lay of the land.”
This is it. Kayak in a box. There is another box that has the epoxy, fiberglass, deck rigging, hatch and bulkhead kit, etc. in it.