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Maybe the beginning of a larger project #13: The 'stitch' part of stitch and glue

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 07-29-2013 01:25 PM 578 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have bought the epoxy and have no more excuses:-) Yesterday was a bit of s slow day but I decided to fix the joints at the bow and stern with a trial of stitch and glue.

This the bow after it has been stitched up. I was surprised at the draw strength of the wire stitches to close gaps!

I have done a bit of an experimental change on the plans by adding a slight curve port to starboard along the bottom of the transom to lend a bit of curve to the bottom. My thinking is that it may reduce a bit the friction of the dead square transom called for in the plans.

Its not much of a curve but we’ll see what will happen.

Not much epoxy action will happen today as I understand rainy days are not the best to epoxy on. I need to work on the rudder mechanism and mount so I’ll probably work on that today. I had to laugh at myself last night, I know writers can suffer from ‘white page’ syndrome and woodworkers from ‘first cut’ syndrome where all the supplies’
, outlines or plans are in place but taking that first step to getting the project going is intimidating and sometimes hard to overcome. Well I had ‘epoxy syndrome’ last night. I was all set to go had good environmental conditions clean surfaces and time…but I choked and figured I needed to do more reading before I cracked the seals on the resin or hardener. Maybe this afternoon if this rain moves along.

-- "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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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 01:42 PM

JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET!

...you’ve nothing to fear, but fear itself.
There is a learning curve, but isn’t that why you are building this boat (first) in the first place?

Best Regards. Grandpa Len. :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 01:53 PM

You are exactly right Grandpa Len. The sun has come out here so maybe this afternoon I can start sticking things together!

-- "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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shipwright

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 02:27 PM

Go for it Mark and don’t worry about rain (unless you are out in it). I built all my boats on the West coast and if you waited for the rain to stop here you’d never get done. They don’t call it the wet coast for nothing.

Remember the first two rules of epoxy:
1) Don’t get any on you.
2) Don’t get any on your handles. Read this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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jumbojack

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 03:34 PM

In addition to Paul’s advice, I would add; clean up your over run before it gets hard. Sanding epoxy/fiberglass resin is time consuming and produces NASTY dust. I kept a variety of sticks at hand when ‘glassing’ and learned very quickly to work smarter. Really; sanding that stuff in a PITA.
Oh and if you do get some on you, dont wipe it off on your pants, unless you want a dedicated pair of epoxy pants. The result is like having little razor blades on your britches.
Once you start it becomes intuitive, you will get the hang pretty quickly, it just takes a while to become proficient.
Good luck.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 04:12 PM

Thanks Paul, I was hoping you would offer the advice you did. I will jump in. Your blogs have been super helpful. When I stopped last night I actually sought out your ‘puke mouse’ blog for the stir stick idea. I will be using the pukemouse idea for the outside joints and of course for the interior fillets.

jumbojack thank your for the sanding advice. It reminds me of my days in ready mix concrete finishing, you very quickly learn to smooth the bumps and hollows while its wet cause fixing those when its hard is very difficult and time consuming LOL!

-- "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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