I go kayaking regularly, and recently decided I would start trying to make one of my own, since I’m currently using one of my girlfriend’s parents’ kayaks. I figured my best bet would be use mostly found pieces of wood, eventually cutting enough of the pieces to somewhat resemble simple versions of frames like these ones:
For the skin, I’m planning to get a tightly woven canvas, and treat it with waterproofing oil similar to how oilskin is made.
What I’m wondering is if anyone here has any experience with skin on frame boats. Are there particular types of wood that work well? Any recommendations for things like dimensions?