September 17 2017:
Ahoy again all!
Well I was and am feeling much better after my bought with the plague. So this past Saturday I went ahead and decided to start laminating the starboard gunnel.
Since the notches were cut and ready along the starboard side of the sheer line, I gathered up some of my 1×2’s (two to be exact) and got them somewhat laying in place and prepped for epoxy. I also went ahead and staged my clamps along the side of the boat so I could easily use them after I spread some slightly thickened epoxy along the 1×2’s. To make matters better, I had a buddy of mine come out and help me laminate these timbers to the sheer clamp. It is always a whole lot easier when I can have some help doing this.
Thus with my buddy here to aide me, I began mixing and spreading epoxy along the 1×2’s while Trey manned the clamps. Moving along starting at the bow, I held and maneuvered the pieces into position while he applied the clamps. Unfortunately we ran out of clamps after the first two pieces were applied. I could likely use screws if I wanted to continue but I figured I would only use them if absolutely necessary to giving the maximum amount of space to the epoxy. I can always go back later and sink some screws if I think it is prudent.
Today on Sunday I simply repeated the process, this time only with myself as an aide. Once again I laminated only two pieces as I ran out of clamps again. I was able to make up some fairing epoxy though and fill some areas that needed some attention.
Well until next time!
September 14 2017:
Welcome back shipmates!
As you can probably guess, I have been extremely busy with this new job and the family. Yet I was able to get more timber. 1×6’s that were once again ripped down into 1×2’s with the scrap being utilized. With these new 1×2’s I was able to finish up laminating the port side. A few days later I was able to plane and sand the gunnel down to where it is now pretty level and looks a little more decent.
More day passed by and unfortunately I contracted some sickness that my daughter brought back with her from her pre-school. Yet I decided I could brave through a bit of work on the boat….well hopefully. Much like I did on the port side, I measured 2 inches down the frames on the starboard side. I cut a line there as well as marking a line on the forward and aft bulkheads of the cabin. Using the overall width of the port gunnel, I cut the same dimensions on the starboard side of the bulkheads.
My trusty sonic crafter oscillating tool made short work of those frames and bulkhead cutouts. Of course since I used screws to attach the sheer and plywood hull to the frames, I had to contend with those. So what I did was use my dremel to cut off the screws at the sheer.
This was all the progress I could make before my illness got the best of me. It was time to pack it in for the day and hopefully get better. This weekend and hopefully with some friends, I will be able to start laminating the starboard gunnel. We of course shall see!
28 August 2017
Once again sorry for having to play catch up again.
The deck or gunnels as I call them have been planned and sanded down on the forward starboard side. I did this on the off chance I would be able to mitigate the butt load of sanding and fairing to be done when all the gunnels were up.
I also have been able to get inside the boat sanded. What that means is that all the gobs of epoxy from filling seams and reinforcing areas are now sanded smooth. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot more sanding to come. However I figured that much less to do later the better.
Well, I was told I should perhaps mention that I am building a canoe or small 8 foot boat for my wife. Much of this is from the scrap that construction on the big boat has created. I have already made the frames, keel and am now working on the sheer clamps. On a more interesting note, the frames I steam bent; which was an adventure in and of itself. It took me awhile to get the knack of steaming the frames without breaking them, but all has worked out. You are probably no doubt aware of this if you follow me on Instagram @sudzyboatbuilder. More will follow on both projects as the small boat for my wife is proving to create a lot of its own challenges that the big boat did not.
Anyways until next time!
I figured I would let all of you know that I am starting a small wood working business that is based on facebook. Its a part time thing for now; mostly to help me fund the boat. But I hope to grow this so I can make it my full time job.
Anyways the business name is Quarterdeck Woodworking and you can find it on Facebook @QuarterdeckWoodworking or https://www.facebook.com/quarterdeckwoodworking/.
I invite all to come check it out!
1-20 August 217
Ahoy everyone sorry for the late bit of posting. I know it has been awhile since I last uploaded an update. For that I am sorry that, and I hope you haven’t all left me and my journey.
Well, I was able to purchase some lumber so that I could laminate the “deck” as the plans call it; something I would more call the gunnel. This lumber I purchased was actually 1×6 select grade pine that I was able to rip into 1×2 lengths to span the port side.
Thus I went ahead and ripped the 1×6 ‘s into 1×2 beams so as to create the gunnels. Yet what I was also left with “scrap” that I could perhaps laminate together to make even more 1×2 beams. So that is what I did; which in essence created at least 3 or 4 more lengths to use for the gunnels.
Using clamps, thickened epoxy and at times screws, I applied these beams to the sheer. Ultimately building up the port side gunnel to the point that it was 6 1×2 lengths thick.
Hopefully I will be able to get more lumber to finish up the port side (only 2 more sections of 1×2) and the starboard side.
On another note, I was able to get a full time position with the National Guard as a training technician. Which will mean that my family and I can breathe a little easier. Thus I will be able to buy more stuff for the boat, however my time to work on it will be somewhat diminished. Hopefully I will be able to balance this new opportunity with my dream of finishing this boat.
Anyways I hope all is well with everyone and I hope to keep all of you updated as things progress.
Wishing all my US readers a happy and safe July 4th holiday.
I hope you can enjoy time with family and friends and remember what makes our great nation special.
Hey all I wanted to let everyone know kind of what has been going on and subsequently what I have been up too. Well its been kind of rough here as of late. A lightening storm hit and took out most of our electronics, hence whey it has taken a bit of time to update you all. Also money has gotten a bit tight and I have still not been able to procure the lumber for the deck on the boat. It was during this time I took it upon myself to hopefully provide my family with a new economic enterprise. In this case a small custom woodworking business.
The business is named QuarterDeck Woodworking, and I am linking the Facebook page. Basically I am specializing in custom built furniture ranging from small wall shelves to bookcases all the way to tables. The idea is that any funding generated from this will help fund the boat.
I hope to see all of you on my Facebook page!
Our condolences to the Glen-L family on the passing of the founder, Glen L. Witt.
August 22, 1918
June 13, 2017
It’s with a heavy heart I announce that my father, Glen Lewis Witt, passed away on June 13, 2017. He lived until age 98 and we are so grateful to have had him with us that long. He founded Glen-L Marine in 1953 and will be remembered for the lives he’s touched all these years through the hobby of building boats.
I’m blessed to be able to continue his legacy here at Glen-L, but will miss his presence, support, encouragement and tremendous knowledge of all things boat building. We sincerely hope you’ll help us keep his legacy alive by building his boats as we continue to serve you.
The family is making plans for a memorial and we will keep you informed. In the meantime, you can make a comment and post photos on the memorial site
we are building.
11 June 2017: Ahoy all! Well with not much to do in the way of continuing the deck lamination or installation; I decided to turn my attention towards the breasthook. Since the Sampson post will run through it, I figured now would be a good time to cut the hole for it to pass through.
The Sampson post is a solid piece of 3”x3” Douglas Fir that will be used as a tie off point for mooring or towing. It attached to the keel and frame A before passing up through the breasthook.
I utilized my tape measure and a ruler to determine where the post will go and to get the dimensions for the cut. Once the center of the breasthook had been established with the tape measure, I determined how far from the edge of the breast hook Frame A went. It goes a full 1 and 1/8th inch into the breasthook, so I marked it there along my centerline mark and used my ruler. Using the ruler I set it on the centerline mark at 1 and ½” and marked the beginning of the ruler and at the 3” mark. I measured up from these marks along the centerline again and made another mark at 3”. I repeated the top 3” mark as I did on the bottom to obtain a square of 3×3 inches.
After the hole was marked I went over to my drill press and drilled four holes on each corner. Once the holes were drilled, I went ahead and used my vice and jig saw to cut out the hole. I decided to use my tripod with my video camera so as to get some good footage of me cutting the hole. This is a bit of an experiment so we shall see how it goes. With the hole being roughly cut out I used a rasp and file to true up the edges and get a good square hole. With all of this being done, I replaced the breasthook in the bow to see how well it would work out. It seems to work out beautifully as the offset from the edge of the breasthook for the hole lines up perfectly flush with Frame A on the inside.
Up next I hope to either have the material to laminate the deck or I will likely be doing more inner hull epoxying.
5-10 June 2017: We have had a bit of bad luck lately with funding for the boat so no wood for the deck as of yet. I have every confidence that will change soon. On a better note me and Samantha (when she can or wants too) have been able to work inside the hull epoxying seams.
One of the first areas I epoxied after the chines were was the forward hull area between frame B and the stem. Since the angle is much greater there, I figured it would be a good idea to run a thickened epoxy seam fillet all the way from the Stem to around Frame B. This will do much to improve the strength of the bow as well help further waterproof it.
The rest of it has been somewhat ho hum when it comes to keeping you guys abreast here via pictures and posts. It has been a lot of mixing epoxy and filleting or creating seams along areas that need to be filled or strengthened. However I was able to get the Knee epoxied into place and screwed as well, which sure did a lot to beef up the transom.
Unless something changes and I can purchase the lumber for the deck; the next item will be the final fitting of the breasthook. This will include cutting the hole for the Sampson post to come through.