30-31 January 2017: Had drill this past weekend but my epoxy and talc showed up Friday, yet I figured on waiting to start shaping the hull.
Yet yesterday and today I mixed up some epoxy and talc and filled in some areas on the bow that needed it. What I learned about mixing talc with epoxy is that it is extremely messy and does not mix as well as cabosil. Further the epoxy seems to eat the talc, as it takes a crapload of it to achieve the desired consistency. Thankfully it is much cheaper than cabosil and hopefully that coupled with it being supposedly easier to sand will make it worthwhile.
Tomorrow I hope to sand the areas I have filled as well as fill new areas on the other side of the hull. Hopefully all will go well.
21 January 2016: The morning started with myself trudging out to the shop in a wonderful bit of weather. It was around the mid 60’s and I was able to open up some of the windows as well as leaving the side door open.
I had figured with the help of my lovely wife, exactly how the pieces for the skeg will need to be cut and placed before they are faired down. So I went ahead and began with part of the skeg that I had bored holes in and epoxied and screwed that in place. Further cutting, epoxying (mixing more epoxy) and screwing the pieces of the skeg into place. This worked exceedingly well and looks great.
I was also able to use some of my spare mixed epoxy to fill in some of the areas on along the hull that needed it.
All and all a great day as the major construction on the hull is now complete. It now just needs to be faired down, sheathed, painted and flipped. Needless to say I am pretty excited.
20 January 2017: It was a bit of a wet day and I figured today was a good day to use my Menards rebate to perhaps buy the skeg timber. So saddling up my wife and three year old we went into Menards to buy the pine with my rebate. I was also able to purchase an adaption for my angle grinder to so that it transform into a sander. On the behest of the editor, who claimed it would be a worthwhile purchase. Once home I went ahead and sank the carriage bolts through the outer keel as the plans explained. This is done in order to reinforce the area of the keel that will support most of the skeg weight. I further decided to use my new attachment for my angle grinder in order to shape the stem a tad bit more. I added the attachment as well as one of my 36 grit sandpaper disks and got to work. To this all I can say is wow! It really removed a lot of wood and helped shape the stem a lot better than my mouse sander. Yet it was easy to let it get out of control and perhaps remove too much. Also went ahead and used my drill press to bore some holes in the bottom part of the skeg that would rest right above the carriage bolts. Went pretty good and was proud of my grandfathers war surplus drill press working like a champ. Tomorrow I will set about building the skeg!
18 January 2017: Today I figured I would go ahead and cut down the forward outer keel to the radius intended.
Taking a note from the plans, the builder suggests using batten to fair out the curve. I had plenty of scrap thin pieces of pine lying around from my ripping of the outer keel sections. So using one of these pieces, I clamped them at a radius along the bow until I was satisfied with the line. Tracing it was easy enough and my battery operated sawzall did the cutting.
I cut well above the line (anywhere from a 1/8th to 1/4”) so as to let my belt sander with 36 grit sandpaper do the rest. You wanna talk about some sawdust, good grief. Yet it did the job rather well. The last little bits I used my mouse sander with 50 grit to finish.
I think it is about time to cut the stem to shape! Which will no doubt have to wait until tomorrow.
17 January 2017: Well shipmates, today was kind of a cool day in the boatbuilding world. The day began a tad bit colder so I had to run the heaters and stove higher than yesterday. Yet what I was able to do was attach the stem to the bow.
I faired the excess epoxy off the stem and faired it up square so that it would fit nicely to the bow. I had to also move some heat lamps over to the front of the bow so that the epoxy could set up well. Mixing up some thick epoxy and having my wonderful wife come out and hold the stem so I could epoxy and screw the stem on soon saw it attached. Afterword’s I went ahead and made epoxy to fare the sides of the bow to the stem.
I think it looks pretty good, its seems to have set up pretty tough too.
15 and 16 January 2017: We have had an ice storm around the area and thus my efforts have been somewhat mooted. I was able to finish epoxying the outer keel pieces and bring them inside the house to finish drying. The wife I am not so sure was so keen on the idea; especially since it left a few drops of epoxy on our basement concrete floor.
I was able this past weekend to finish up repairing my grandfather’s war surplus drill press. The capacitor had gone out on it and needed to be replaced. So the new parts came in around Friday and by Saturday I had the old girl working like a champ. It’s pretty cool and exciting to see this piece of history still work as designed.
Today (the 16th) I went ahead and emplaced the rest of the outer keel section to include the rounded piece for the bow. Prior to doing this, I went ahead and went into town and bought some 3inch deck screws and the keel bolts. The three inch deck screws I would use to screw the keel into the hull while the epoxy sets. The carriage bolts I picked up will
be utilized as per the plans, by holding the skeg to the keel. Thus the only thing I will have left to do is attach the stem and fare it to the plans. Aside from that it will be a matter of building up the skeg and filling and faring down the hull as needed. I must say she is looking mighty pretty and is shaping up nicely (or at least so I think).
January 10-11 2017: Well mates, I have been taken advantage of the good weather and decided to work on the boat.
I epoxied the two outer keel sections and began to fare down the forward outer keel. It took a bit and it is still far from perfect but it seems that it will fit well enough with epoxy. The other two section are epoxying rather well.
I went ahead and bought two pieces of 1×4 to create the stem. I came home from Lowes and laminated cut the pieces of 1x and plywood to create the stem piece. Tomorrow I will epoxy the other two pieces of outer keel and fare the stem.
January 3 2017: Bit of a cold windy day but I nonetheless decided to put some time in on the boat. Yesterday my wife took my older two daughters back to their moms while I went into town to run errands. Of those errands, I purchased and brought home some more pine for the outer keel and stem.
Thus today I figured I would rip the 1×3 pine boards down to the requisite 2 inches for the majority of the keel. For the forward part of the keel I laminated 1×10 pine boards sandwiching a piece of half inch marine plywood to maintain the two inch outer keel dimension to the stem. It is drying at present as a massive block that I will shape down to the outer hull once it’s ready.
I am still a tad bit unsure as to how I am going to fare down this piece to acquire the appropriate shape, thickness, and position. I’ll do some more thinking and reading on the matter.