Maybe the beginning of a larger project #4: Bulkheads cut and mast material bought

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 07-13-2013 06:44 AM 1013 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Real life intervenes yet again :-( Part 4 of Maybe the beginning of a larger project series Part 5: Port side chine logs installed! »

Made good progress today. Cut out the longitudinal bulkheads for the flotation compartments and then sandwiched all four pieces together to fair them all at the same time.

It is amazing to me how much wood can be removed with a hand plane. This being pine plywood I can set the good ol’ block plane for a more aggressive cut than I’ve ever done in maple or oak and was just hogging off great ribbons of material! I messed up cutting a bit so I briefly thought of breaking out the jigsaw to trim the edges back but my jigsaw and I don’t get along some days. Its got a real quirky blade mount the infuriates me two out of the three times I go to use it. Once I started using the block plane I think I actually got it done faster then if I’d messed about with the jigsaw.

You can see the less than straight cut here. Trued it up in no time.

I also bought another sheet of plywood for the top of the flotation boxes and I bought a 16 foot 2X6 for the mast. I was going to rip it tonight to width but the mosquitos are just fierce this evening. I am a bit concerned that I can only find 3/8 material here and how much heavier it’ll make the boat. I intend to weigh the pieces i have so far to get an idea of just how much weight I have to deal with. I suppose if I had any kind of patience I could order the plywood in…but I want to get out on the water so I guess I’ll have to work with what I got.

I figure to rip it in the morning and the glue it up later in the evening just to see how much it’ll twist. Maybe I should just rip it and glue it up right away and trap any twisting it may do? Not sure there, I guess I’ll try it one way and if it doesn’t work I’ll try the other.

My internet connection is failing, I’ll try a update tomorrow

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 02:10 PM

Nice job so far.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 03:35 PM

Great progress! Dont forget you will need to re-true once you have stringers on bottom edge…so dont stress about perfection yet…

Remember Paul mentioned 3/8th is okay in terms of weight…

Exciting! I am anxious to get moving again this coming week…my next move is to figure out my leeboard connection (framed or bolt), then I can close up airboxes and flip her over and GLASS the bottom…

Keep up the progress!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 07-13-2013 05:49 PM

Looks great. Waiting for the next installment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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