F1 build

I am Jukka Olanterä from Finland. I live near Lahti and I have paddled for many years over 1000 km every year. I have paddled all over Finland on lakes and sea. But also in Sweden, Estonia and Russia.

I am starting to build F1 skin-on-frame kayak. Now I am making prepearing for the project. I have almost all the nessesary tools and also the place to build.

I have faced few problems with prepearing.

First of all the measures are different(U.S. Customary System) . We use SI(The International System of Units). I think that I have to make metric conversion.

An other problem is with gunwales, stingerss and keel. There is not Red Cedar available in Finland over 10 ft long and and Red Cedar is expencive over here. I think that I will use Siberia

The project

Now I have started the project. Finaly I foud place where to buy Red Cedar. They are importing 2” * 4” 16 ft Red Cedar from Germany, where is exported from Canada. And the price was resonable. White Oak for ribs is much easier to get.

I have made all nessesary jigs and forms. Some changes I have made with measures. Some measures I have coverted to SI – standart, for instance plunge router carbide bits are available in SI-standart, but not in inches. But with all other measures I use inches.





  1. Franz
    October 29, 2019

    Hi Jukka,
    you probably read my build blog. If not you find the answers to your questions there.
    Imperial measurements: Get a measuring device of you choice in inch or you go nuts converting to SI
    Red cedar: Use spruce, larch or pine instead. There is no real need for red cedar unless you want to go extremely lightweight. I used spruce and the F1 is fine.

  2. Jukka Olanterä
    Jukka Olanterä
    October 30, 2019

    Hi Fraz,
    As you see in my last update, I did resolve measure problem. And finaly I found red cedar. My first thought was to use larch, but there was lot of problems to find enough clean larch.


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