Starting to Laminate the Starboard Side.

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!

Prepping the STBD side for the gunnel…while sick!

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!

Sanding, shaping and a new small project!

28 August 2017

Hello everyone,

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!

My New Business Venture

Ahoy everyone!

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!

 

laminating the deck or gunnel.

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.