Building a 25' Ply on Frame Cabin Cruiser #3: Prepping frames

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Blog entry by AlTriolo posted 04-24-2017 01:17 AM 1769 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I learned the hard way not to add lumber to your order when you’ve hand selected boards for delievery. I added one sheet of ply for a work table and they took all different wood for the entire delivery! Rather, than return it (should have), I worked with it, (well, most of it; I didn’t use the worst of it). I filled knots and any visible minor splits with thickened epoxy resin and used 6 oz glass cloth in a few places. Every frame was fully resined front, back, and insides. I did not resin surfaces that I knew would be plained.

Yes, I took my time and did this over the winter. The project really picked up after Easter. More posts will come soon.

Scrapping out and visible potential rot.

Here’s a knot filled and reinforced with glass. I placed wax paper on the resin for a smooth surface, (the resin does not adhere to the wax paper).

I didn’t leave this one on wax paper!

Boy am I lucky my wife wants this boat as much as I do. Every room seems to be a boat staging area!

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 08:21 PM


Looks like a lot of tedious work. Looking forward to more blog updates and watching this boat build to the waters edge.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 08:37 PM

One of joys of building a second boat is that I have the first boat to enjoy while I build. There’s no timeline, to rush to get anything done. :-)

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