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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #5: Fitting the Plywood Hull Panels

05-18-2015 03:25 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The frame is complete and it’s time to apply the 1/4” Marine Douglas Fir plywood hull panels. The plan accounts for nailing these panels in place without glue and sealing them with epoxy later. My plan is to apply 2.3 ounce fiberglass cloth to the inside surface with a coat of epoxy before applying the panels. The potential advantage is a very durable/waterproof inside hull surface. The disadvantage is that I must fit the panels prior to final application and I h...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #3: Planing the Gunnels

05-12-2015 10:03 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Tools for the Job Planing the gunnels requires a sharp hand plane, a straight edge and a flexible stick. I use a 10” smoothing plane for this task since it is easier to handle than a longer plane and much of the work is on a curve. On larger boats, I’ve used a hand-held power planer to good effect. I started with that and it seemed like overkill for 3/4” gunnels. Rib Transitions The angle that the plywood skin will land on the gunnel changes throughout the length...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #2: Assembling the Upper Frame

05-12-2015 04:56 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Strategy I let the epoxy cure on the lower frame for about 12 hours before proceeding with the upper frame. I dry assembled the parts with screws before gluing to ensure everything fit. I continue to use epoxy, thickened with colloidal silica to a mayonnaise consistency, to glue each joint in the boat. I never figured out how the designer fastened the plywood to the gunnels. In the boats I’ve built in the past, the gunnels are planed to an angle that gives the deck or hull ply...

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