Want to build one of these boats for yourself? Non-traditional skin-on-frame construction is perhaps the quickest, easiest and least expensive way to build a beautiful and capable boat. No boat building or woodworking experience is necessary, and you'll only need a few tools. Really, most anyone can do it, and building a SOF boat is a fantastic family project that everyone can enjoy! Building Overview
Cut out plywood frames - or just open the kit!
Rip stringers - i.e. the gunwales, chines and keel
Set up strongback (just a straight 2x4 on sawhorses) and clamp on the first and last frames
Temporarily attach stringers, then insert the rest of the frames
Attach stems, then glue and screw stingers to each frame
Add floorboards, deck beams, etc
Cover the frame with polyester fabric (No worries - this is perhaps the easiest step)
Coat the skin with paint or varnish
Attach deck and/or cockpit rigging
Take pictures and go paddling!
Here's a short video showing the process from start to finish, featuring the Wee Lassie solo canoe.
Jigsaw and blades
Drill, with a selection of bits and drivers
Hand tools - block plane or rasp, hand saw, staple gun, large needles, paint brushes or rollers, sandpaper, a selection of clamps, clothes iron or heat gun
Eye protection, dust mask or respirator, ear plugs, nitrile or latex gloves