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

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.



A New Venture.

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!

Farewell to Glen L. Witt

>>> Farewell to Glen L. Witt

Our condolences to the Glen-L family on the passing of the founder, Glen L. Witt.

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.

Cutting the hole for the Sampson Post.

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.

Further Epoxying to add strength and waterproofing.

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.

A hot summers day Planing with Samantha.

4 June 2017: Ahoy everyone! So we recently got my older daughters from Nebraska down to the farm for the summer. Pretty excited about that.

So work began a bit later today as everyone had a bit of a late night as the girls arrived. Yet Samantha and I decided to strike out early to the shop in order to get something done on the boat. In this case it was the sheer clamp and planing it level to the boat. In other wards the bevel went from being at an angle to completely lateral.

However boy was it hot out there, it was humid and 90 degrees even with the fans going. An ominous foretelling of things to come as it pertains to summer construction. Sam and I were drenched right after we got to work with the block and number 5 plane. We took turns using one plane or the other to get the sheer to a level bevel.

I must say once I explained to Sam how best to use the plane, she really took to it and seemed to do rather well. We still need probably a good bit of sanding and leveling to be done between the two sheer clamps again, but I am pleased with her and our progress.

Next on the list is to level the sheers again and cut the notches to receive the deck beams. Somewhere between that bit of work, I have another Lowes run to pick up more pine for laminating.

On a more interesting note, today was the first day Sam got to do a YouTube video with me.

Building a Breasthook.

1-2 June 2017: Greetings everyone! As you guys may be aware of, I have been working on the interior of the hull and prepping it for the deck. Since the deck runs from the bow all the way to the stern, I had to figure on how I was going to accomplish this. I spoke with Bruce as to my dilemma concerning the frames coming up the entire width of the sheer clamp. He revealed to me his discussion with the designer Mark as to how to go about installing the deck with this issue. Evidently the frames are cut down just enough to accept the 2” wide laminated deck members, and that they lay across the tops of the frames.  So that answered that question, yet I was curious as to how to tie all the deck members in at the bow. The bow being pointed would mean that I would either have to cut the deck beams at an angle to precisely fit while leaving no doubt gaping hole in the middle. I am sure this could be overcome with a hodgepodge of lumber and members cut and fit into place. I still have the Sampson post and anchor support to consider, thus adding to the potential for a jigsaw puzzle at the bow.

I therefore decided the best way to overcome this was once again an Idea I had gotten from Louis Sauzzedde and hisYouTube Channel “Tips from a Shipwright”. I would install a breasthook or a single piece of timber to go across the area from Frame A to the back of the stem. This member would of course need to be cut and shaped to fit in the void. It would also be a much simpler matter to cut the hole for the Sampson post and mount the anchor support onto of it. The deck beams would simply end at Frame A and the Breasthook.

The next issue aside from getting the exact dimensions and figuring how it would likely need to be installed was determining what material to make it out of. My choices thankfully for the most part were limited to either yellow pine or marine plywood. I toyed with the idea of laminating yellow pine, but I thought it would prove to be overly complicated, both time and resource consuming. Thus I decided to use some of my scrap marine plywood. I cut out top to the exact length so that the Breasthook would overlap the top of Frame A. The second layer would be slightly smaller so that it would end right in front of the Frame creating a notch.

After cutting everything to the rough dimensions I set out with my thick epoxy resin and 2-1 hardener (the stuff I used on the knee), and laminated it together. The work however was not entirely done because I had to prep the area between the stem and the frame in order to receive the Breasthook. So with sonic crafter, chisel’s, mallet and orbital sander I took to it. Leveling the top of the frame and faring the interior of the frame and sheer clamps.

The next day I found that my Breasthook had dried beautifully and it was now time to remove the clamps and get about to faring it out. Thus it was a bunch of using the plane, chisel, and sander then repeat until it was for the most part uniform along the laminations. What came next easily took the most time. That is attempting to dry fit it; emplacing it over the void and trimming either the Breasthook or boat members to fit it well. Yet after a somewhat exhaustive amount of time taking it in and taking it out, it was soon dry fit well. Now all I need to do is wait for my thin epoxy resin to get here so I can install it permanently. Before I install it permanently, I may go ahead and cut out the hole so the Sampson post can pass through it.

Next on the docket, I plan on prepping the frames and sheer clamp in order to receive the deck. I also have a trip to Lowes in my future for more pine.