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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    This is the Golden Sawfish before her third successful run on the Allegheny river in Oakmont PA yesterday

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Hello again I am proud to say after nearly a month of setbacks and squeezing free time from my schedule I have finally completed my sawfish. I took her for a long spin on the Allegheny river today and much to my pleasing it has been everything i hoped it to be. I got halted mid way through due to a homeowners claim and my workspace was dead center where the plumber needed to be and that made everything seem like i needed to restart. I also made two mistakes that had me very worried the first mistakewas that i couldn't comprehend exactly what you meant with cutting the ribs to fit the triangle bow and had instead of fitting the points into a v shape i cut them flush and i was worried there would be a weak spot so i bridged it with these flat pieces of metal which worked wonderful in the ...see more »Hello again I am proud to say after nearly a month of setbacks and squeezing free time from my schedule I have finally completed my sawfish. I took her for a long spin on the Allegheny river today and much to my pleasing it has been everything i hoped it to be. I got halted mid way through due to a homeowners claim and my workspace was dead center where the plumber needed to be and that made everything seem like i needed to restart. I also made two mistakes that had me very worried the first mistakewas that i couldn't comprehend exactly what you meant with cutting the ribs to fit the triangle bow and had instead of fitting the points into a v shape i cut them flush and i was worried there would be a weak spot so i bridged it with these flat pieces of metal which worked wonderful in the end. Second thing was i completely missed the part about raising the stern and bow with bricks to create rake or rocker and thus had ended with a completely flat bottom hull. In a worried and frantic state i scoured the web for information about the physics andas it turns out thereare some kayak designs that utilize the flat hull for stability which is lucky for me since that is my primary goal so as to be a sturdy fishing vessel. I basically screwed up the front bow area and anxious to be finished before winter i ended up filling it in with great stuff to create an even more buoyant and solid portion for my feet and molded a waterproof latching box to carry whatever need be plus it just looks cool to me i used reflective 550 paracord to create the pvc handles and i actually have a kayak seat obtained from a yard sale for $2 which is just utterly convenient for me. I landed 2 small rock bass and had something take off under the yak and as if scissors just snip the line must have been a walleye or sauger. But the stability speed and overall maneuvering of my creation is all i coukd have ever wanted and thanks to you and your ingenious engineering i have finally obtained the perfect sot kayak that i can actually carry and doesnt cost upwards of 800 i will post pics asap as today was the test i didnt have my phone with me and a terrenchial downpour forced me to bring it in sooner than hoped for il name it the golden sawfish as to pay hommage to you and its steeler gold (yellow) il add black accents down the road but after you pointed out the potential dangers of the beautiful battle yak being blue it occured to me to be boat visible as well so i went with a solid caution color as the primary. Oh i also painted pieces of 80 grit rectangular sandpaper to floor in the foot area to add traction i doubled up on the bulkheads as well to ensure a solid structure

    Ok thanks again me too and i will post pics and description asap as well as get a HIN from the state. Im from pgh pa so im almost certain i technically need one especially since water commission practically wear gilly suits and practice guerrilla tactics lol il need someone else to snap pics of me in action but il take a good angles of it tomorrow

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Ok thank you i ended up going on a semi calculated stabbing spree with a scratch awl because ireally like your science on the thousands of nails idea and somehow or anothermy dimensions on length came out wrong and i ended up with a point at 12 and 0 but im hoping as i move throughout the stages i avoid any serious miscalculations but ive already learned so much about how and why certain things are done during this that if i foul up too hard i could simply get another sheet of 4x8 and use the other half of my 4x8 i had to cut into a 2x8 so all in all everythings going well im taking my time so i can make sure to prevent anything irreversible but i cant wait to finish and show the end result again thank you so much for taking the time to show this project as well as answer the questions ...see more »Ok thank you i ended up going on a semi calculated stabbing spree with a scratch awl because ireally like your science on the thousands of nails idea and somehow or anothermy dimensions on length came out wrong and i ended up with a point at 12 and 0 but im hoping as i move throughout the stages i avoid any serious miscalculations but ive already learned so much about how and why certain things are done during this that if i foul up too hard i could simply get another sheet of 4x8 and use the other half of my 4x8 i had to cut into a 2x8 so all in all everythings going well im taking my time so i can make sure to prevent anything irreversible but i cant wait to finish and show the end result again thank you so much for taking the time to show this project as well as answer the questions we have

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Hello again so i have obtained just about every single item listed to the t however i have decided i cant swing the werner 250. If i take the time to stab millions of holes with a drill bit will i obtain the same results and also is it ok to use bar clamps with my gravity clamps. I also bought 3 cheap yard sticks for the dent rails etc. Is all of what I'm saying so far suitable or do you forsee any issues. Also is it suitable to do the entire process titebond curing included in a basement that has a dehumidifier running or will titebond not cure in those conditions

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Gotcha ok thanks i thought so i just wanted to prevent gathering supplies getting started and realizing an unforseen speed bump and have to go get more things again thank you this will change the whole game for me and so many other fishers and boat enthusiasts

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Ok thank you so much one laat question is whether the 1" is needed because they dont carry any 1 " where i am and basically could i get away with either just 2" or maybe 3/4" for that step

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    This is probably the most amazing thing in life lol im in the process of gathering supplies and the lowes i have carries this green guard xps green color in 2" but only in units of 4×8 first question is whether this xps is suitable for the build since its not pink and second question is whether 3 4×8 pieces of 2" will be fine and i wont somewhere along the way hit a bump. Id just be paying more and having extra is this correct or will i for some odd unforseen reasons need the 2x8 again thank you

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