Building a 25' Ply on Frame Cabin Cruiser #15: Slow but steady resumes! -- resin and final chine log fitting

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Blog entry by AlTriolo posted 07-27-2017 12:52 AM 1835 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We glued the keelson in place 2 and 3 days ago. (No pic.)

Now, some of the most difficult work for the hull is now behind us! We finished cutting and shaving the frames to receive the keelson, and this includes the stem. We are quite pleased with how it came out.

Along the way we found that I mismeasured a frame! I was using a 48” ruler and the measurement should have been either 23.5” or 24.5”. Well, because the ruler is marked 1-48” in both directions, I didn’t realize my error and we’re 1” wider on one side than the other. While it’s not perfectly symmetrical, but a 13/16” spacer restored a proper curve to the C/L and we called it a day. We’ll be using the same spacer for the S/C and gunwale.

Of course, now it all needs to be removed and resined in place! :-) We began that process today. In order to assure the screws return to their holes and I’m not making new ones, we drilled about 1/4” into the holes with a bit slightly thicker than the screws. This way, the screws will be like pegs fitting into holes in the frames. This worked for the stem and keelson so I’m feeling good for the C/L.

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 11:06 AM

That keelson is huge. What size is it? I like how clean and square your frame cuts look.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 08-06-2017 10:24 PM

Hi John,

The plans call for a 2×8 keelson. I wanted to use fir but only spruce comes that size in my area. So I bought fir 2×10s and trimmed them down to 2×8.5 ish. I used a plum line to make a straight line roughly in the center. This line met up with the center lines on my frames.

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