Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #3: Week 3---GOING THREE DEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 11-22-2011 06:53 AM 7819 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok…this week is not over…but I am super happy to say that in 3+ weeks of work I am now three d…it took me a year to get there on my Weekender…so I am really enjoying a project that goes fast…and feels so manageable…

(A)The first step to going three d was the framing pieces that connect the panels. The first piece I made did not work…I was going to put this piece in…and then another two small spacers (one in each air box). I quickly realized two things. One…how the heck would I screw in the spacers with the other pieces in…but more importantly I wanted a stiffer piece to go all the way across…

(B) Here is the 2×4 piece that goes all the way across and I like a lot better. (Notice the transom of the BIG sail boat in the back ground).

(C) I did this in the back too…one piece that goes all the way across…

(D) I had to patch a little spot…used this scrap that I trimmed and sanded flush this morning.

(E) I added more spacer blocks to stiffen up the panels…

This morning I trimmed and sanded down all the edges…and then we laid the 3/8 bottom panel on…the plans call for using 1/4” but in the research many builders went with a thicker panel on the bottom and I thought I should too….

Because it was thicker it needed time to bend and flex…so it is not sitting over night all clamped on…and tomorrow morning we will try to glue it on…then I will have a HULL in THREE WEEKS…it will stiffen up over Thanksgiving and I will flip it over on Saturday…I will add a picture tomorrow if we are successful with the boat bottom….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 07:38 AM

Again. Nice additions to the plans.

-- 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 11-22-2011 07:54 AM

Moving right along…

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 01:48 PM

And the excitement continues to build…..!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 05:53 PM

You sound a little dinghy…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 06:06 PM

Hi Matt,

These sound like fun projects. Nice work.


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#6 posted 11-25-2011 07:03 AM

Looking real good Matt!

-- "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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#7 posted 11-25-2011 07:21 AM

I sawed it off twice and it was still too short!! I really did that once.. it was a closet shelf. I measured it twice (didn’t help) and sawed two shelf’s… one after the other… they were both short! Next time remember to allow for the tape “box”, dummy!!!!

-- TNJames

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