Now I have both Sheer Clamps installed and epoxied into the frame. That’s the last frame member.
Frame is now complete!! All Frame pieces installed!! Frame Eleven is still a little off, I will have to fair it out.
Along the way I made a few bad cuts. Here I cut too deep and at the wrong angle, So I made a shim 8” long and epoxied it in to correct the problem I made the shim 8” long and epoxied it to both the chine log and the frame. At 8” it won’t split when the mounting screws goes through.
Shim from another angle..
Still another angle on the shim..
After I installed the first Sheer Clamp I opened the garage door stepped outside and noticed that the stem had been pulled to the starboard side by 2”. So I used a pipe clamp and pulled it back. Then as I was installing the other Sheer Clamp I noticed that the first frame from the stem was collapsing under the pressure of the two Sheer Clamps. So I added a temporary brace to hold it out. I will have to put something permanent here when the boat is turned over to hold it out. the new brace will be part of the cabin framing.
Now on to the fairing process.
This will have to be faired off level with the keelson.
All of the side frames will be faired to match the angle the chine and sheer have as they pass the frame.
Fairing the side frames.
Fairing the keelson This board had a slight twist. I bought this board in one piece 24’ and cut it to the 17’ needed.
I added a 2” x 4” board to the side of the stem to give me more area to attach the plywood to at the stem. Most of this board was faired away.
A look at the stem with the new thickening boards from the front.
Fairing the side frames, I used several planes and sanders for this job.
Picture of a well faired side frame. The face of the frame matches the angle of the sheer clamp.
Another picture showing the side frame fairing.
Fairing is complete. I plan to go back now and add some thickened epoxy to fill in some of the bad cuts below the water line…
I mixed some thickened epoxy and went back and filled the bad cuts below the water line. This seals this end grain so if water gets in it will not soak it up so fast.
Thickened epoxy fills bad cuts. I used the saw dust in my shop vac separator from the fairing sanding to make the thickened epoxy.
I also filled the gaps on the new stem thickening boards with the thickened epoxy.
Frame Fairing is complete.. Next is plywood installation…
Here is a Video of the completed frame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quFSCvMspCg
I went and got my 1/2” Douglas fir Marine Plywood today for the sides and the transom. I had to order the 5/8” Marine plywood needed for the bottom. It will be in next week.
I am working by myself so installing the plywood should present a few challenges. I am at 84 hours now.
Thanks for looking!!
-- John, Suffolk Virgina