I purchased the wood from Hiawatha Lumber in Minneapolis, MN. They've got a lot of beautiful cuts of wood and I think it was pretty reasonably priced. I purchased clear vertical grain western red cedar and some clear redwood. All of the boards were 1x6's and had various lengths.
They did have long ones available (16+ ft) but I didn't have a good way to get these long boards home so the longest I purchased was some 12 footers. The remainder were either 8's or 10's. The total cost was just over $350 for about 80 lineal feet. If my calculations are correct, this should be enough to cover my kayak. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the wood prior to ripping it so you will have to use your imagination to envision what a pile of 1x6's looks like sitting on the floor of my shop.
So using my thin rip table saw jig (see previous post), I set up the saw so that I ripped the strips to 0.263 or very close to that. I chose to go just a hair thicker than 0.25 to make sure the cove and bead come out nice. Yea, I do have a little variation as I had to move my fence for each cut but in general I would say the strips are between 0.260 and 0.268. I know this because I took measurements with my caliper throughout the cutting process to make sure things were not moving around on me.
|My table saw setup with and outfeed table and "slide" for the strips.|
|Another shot of the ripped strips|
|Finally, ripping completed!|
In total I probably had 3 to 4 hours into ripping these. Before I began this project, I was thinking that ripping the strips would be a challenge but now that it is complete, it turned out to be pretty simple. Once I got the saw set up, it became a routine of cutting the boards, moving the fence, cutting the boards, moving the fence....and so on.
My 3M product usage count stays at 12. I didn't use any during this stage of the build and I don't anticipate any until I get to actually installing the strips on the forms.
Next up is routing the cove and bead on the strips. The shouldn't be too bad as I already have my router set up to cut the beads. One by one I will get through these, until next time....