Saturday was a pretty productive day. I spent the morning trying to locate a local source of two part epoxy. Other than those little syringes of glue the sell in blister packs I was SOL. Canadian tire had epoxies but the didn’t have the thin wetting fabric kind, theirs already had the thixotropic ingredients in already. The only fabric they sold came in big squares not rolls so it would have meant a lot of working with short pieces and a lot more cutting of the fabric. I did find a large can of epoxy at Princess Auto but it wasn’t a brand I recognized and I wasn’t really comfortable with the sparse directions…perhaps if I knew what I was doing but…
In order to get as much done as possible I decided to proceed with the chine log construction as the closest epoxy and fabric source is a 5 hour drive away….it kinda kicks the stuffing out of the boat budget if I spend on gas almost what it’d cost me for the epoxy. I had cut chine logs a while ago from a 2×10 I had stored from another project. In my reading of the PDR website they recommend 7/8” chine logs so I trimmed down what I had. In retrospect I probably could have still bent what I’d originally cut.
Those thinner strips are the chine logs. You may notice some of them have a pronounced curve. The beauty of using kiln dried construction grade lumber :-) But there is an upside to this unintentional bending…I used the natural curve to complement the more severe curve I was imposing thus actually reducing the net stress on those select ‘bent’ elements.
In using the curved pieces I positioned them on the boat to best advantage which left a bunch of material extending beyond the plywood side. When I trimmed the pieces with my trusty handsaw I realized that they were cut to the exact angle I needed to properly fit the cutoffs into the vertical fore and aft chine logs! It was almost like I’d planned it that way LOL!
I cut the front one spot on and was feeling quite pleased with myself…until I attempted the back one :-( I got cocky and eyeballed it as I had done the front one, well lets just say after the 3rd piece I finally got it…I don’t know how I screwed up the measurement! Eyeballing sure that is easy for me to botch but how difficult is it to cut a trapezoid 32.7 cm long… it was at this point I thought I’d take a break:-)
Earlier I had ripped the 2×6 I’d bought for the mast. Keep in mind this is Home Depot construction grade pine so clear wood is not even a concept there. You get what you pay for:-) Last time I was wondering if I should rip and let it sit or rip and glue. I decided to glue immediately after ripping, we’ll see if this was a good idea. This mast may just turn out to be another prototype and I may spring for the Sitka spruce Paul recommended.
This is why we have the adage that you can never have too many clamps LOL! I used up all my clamps and would have liked a few more. I was going to trim the taper on 1) the bandsaw 2) the tablesaw or 3) on the jointer but decided to use handplanes as a more controlled way of shaping the mast. There is just something about hand planing I am enjoying more and more. I think this stems partially from having good tools and not fighting with my inheritted No.4s. Or maybe I am just learning how to effectively use a plane. I do like the heft and solidity of my Lee Valley planes!
Following Paul (shipwright’s) advice I’m going to plane the corners successively until I have something resembling a tapered column.
I was asked to post the plans I am using. I am using the plans and tips and instructions from the PDRacer.com website. If you Google Puddle Duck Racers or PDR racers you’ll find a bunch of links. Most importantly there are some pretty good resources here on LJs. I mentioned Paul aka shipwright a couple of times…if you are thinking of building a boat check out Paul’s blogs. Napaman or Matt is a fellow LJ who is also racing to build a PDR and I’ve got to hustle to pass him otherwise I’m gonna find out how the PDR handles the ice of the Northwest Passage LOL!
Actual working time this weekend is about 7 hours and I spent another $15 on plywood and I think about $15 for the 2×6! So I am in the $80 range so far. Mind you I am using ‘stock’ inventory for the chine logs and I intend to use up all the remnant cans of paint on this boat so there won’t be a lot of cost there. If you see a funny loking sailboat with pink flotation tanks its a good chance its my first boat:-) I am planning to itemize all the costs as I incur them so by the end I should have a fair idea of what a second would cost. I know already it would go much faster and efficiently. I’m learning every time I work on this boat!
-- "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