Wooden Kayak Cradles

Inspired by the wooden kayak cradles made by Ross Leidy, I decided to try and make some myself. BTW, check out Ross’s great website. He’s created a free easy-to-use kayak design software package called Kayak Foundry. Amazing stuff…

I couldn’t find any 1/16″ ash veneer locally and I didn’t feel like ordering a bunch from the US. So I hunted for some 1/4″ ash hardwood for bending. I didn’t look too hard for this either and decided to get some cheap popular 4″x4’x1/4″. It was kiln dried so I wasn’t sure if I could bend it. Using a heat gun I was sort of able to bend the wood, but it had severe cracking. I opted to fill these cracks with epoxy. Next I’ll fiberglass each cradle and hopefully they will be strong enough to hold a boat.

cradle

4 comments on “Wooden Kayak Cradles

  1. It was looking pretty good when I saw it a couple of days ago.Good on yah.
    Mom

  2. I absolutely love that image in your header.

    So, how did the kayak-cradle designing go? Did it turn out great? Even if it didn’t, I do believe practice makes perfect and since you posted about this almost 2 years ago, I’m sure you’re rather something of a pro by now and the envy of other people who are less experimental/scared to give something a try.

    So regardless of how it came out looking, WELL DONE YOU!!!

  3. Hi John,

    The cradles came out okay. For sure they work, albeit a bit ugly. Slight changes, if I were inclined, would be:
    use nicer foam
    use more glass to make it stiffer
    maybe spend more time on it….

    cheers!

  4. I absolutely love that image in your header.

    So, how did the kayak-cradle designing go? Did it turn out great? Even if it didn't, I do believe practice makes perfect and since you posted about this almost 2 years ago, I'm sure you're rather something of a pro by now and the envy of other people who are less experimental/scared to give something a try.

    So regardless of how it came out looking, WELL DONE YOU!!!

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