Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #13: Dry Assembly

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-23-2011 05:56 AM 6544 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today we took all the assemblies…and fit them together as a dry run…I made a long list of things I need to do before I glue all the pieces together in stages…the list is pretty long, but after we took all the assemblies down I knocked two items off the list…

This was a good practice run…I learned some things about what I need to do …and now seeing all the parts together will allow me to move forward…and I now have a game plan…

The first pict is of the keel…the last month it has been laying flat on my garage floor with bricks on it in spots since it seemed to have a kink in it…I think it helped but its not perfect…when I glue and screw the bottom on I will have to unkink it as I screw it down…

While it was laying flat I filled the upside screw holes with epoxy so I wont have to do it later. I also worked on trimming the stem with one side flat…

The next pict shows the boat bottom…since the last update I sanded and filled all holes on the bottom so that I wont have to do it again. This assembly is ready to go…it is a bit tight and we had trouble sliding it all the way up the slot…so when it has epoxy spread all over it will be tougher—-good for me to find this out now…I have not put the stern blocks on the back for this very reason…and now I think I should wait as was advised…glue the bottom on first…then fit the stern blocks on after…

The next several pictures show the bulkheads and the deck with clamps holding it all down…many of the pieces will bend and twist into place as we glue it up…so it was not a perfect view…but it was neat to see the boat together…my goal for the summer is to get the boat in this shape—-but not loosely there…all glued up…

Now I have my list of to do’s to put this together for real…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 06:13 AM

Cool. It is starting to look like a boat. I can see it out on the bay…. Hope all is going good.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-23-2011 06:15 AM

Wow…... “NOW” it is really starting to look like a sailboat Matt….. good blog on your progress and congrats. I must be very satisfying to see it start to come together!

Can’t wait for the next stage…....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 07-23-2011 06:34 AM

Thanks for the update!

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#4 posted 07-23-2011 06:44 AM

Nice dry dock facility, Matt, but I don’t see a hitch on your boat trailer ;^)

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

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 06:52 AM

Way cool Bud! I feeling really good for you. Looks awesome.

Shiver me timbers ! Well blow me down ! , Yic,ic ,ic,, ic,ic Yahka-ka-ka I’m Popeye the sailor man !! toot-toot!

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#6 posted 07-23-2011 06:57 AM

It looks like you are making some good progress Matt! I like your approach of doing a dry run and making a list of what needs to be done when it comes time to put it all together. I wish you continued progress and success!

-- "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 07-23-2011 08:08 AM

Nice job so far.. I would love to go sailing in that…

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#8 posted 07-23-2011 02:22 PM

Matt: It’s looking great. Nice so far.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-23-2011 05:10 PM

Hi Matt

Sorry I missed the last segment….. I was out sailing.

This is coming along nicely and you’re doing everything the right way. It gets exciting when it starts to be three dimensional, no?

About your “kinks” in the keel assembly, have you considered clamping, screwing or bolting a heavy straightedge, like a two by ten (on edge) or the like to the side of the keel during glue-up? Any holes would be easily dealt with afterwards. I don’t want to see you sailing around in circles.

Doing well, keep it up.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 07-23-2011 05:14 PM

Degoose has a good point, I will be down the weekend after it is finished with some adult beverages….lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 07-23-2011 05:40 PM

That’s quite a project. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 07-23-2011 05:42 PM

thanks everyone…

Wayne—-I need the adult beverages NOW…

Paul—-that would work…I will have to play with some clamps today…if they can fit around my boat cart/stand then I will try it…if not then I can bolt/screw it down…I will also have to deal with the”diminishing” keel with this method…meaning that the keel gets smaller/shorter as it goes back…I guess I could trim the 2×10 down to match…or get TWO and sandwiching them!! Yes—-a slot!!! WOuld a slot work???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 07-23-2011 05:51 PM

You live in the Napa Valley…. Just sayin…. lol

Hopefully the boat is not driving you to the hard stuff. Hmmmm. Boat as a gateway drug. Never thought of that.

Need to borrow any clamps?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 07-23-2011 09:35 PM

Wow!!! I now have some perspective as to the scope of your project. Great to see it coming together. As to the tight fit on some things, do you have any major seasonal (oh wait, California) wood shrink/swell issues that will effect your construction?

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#15 posted 07-23-2011 10:02 PM

I love to see boats made have any off you any knowledge of clinker boat construction. I used to have aneighbour who made first class clinker boats and the smell of his shop would really get me feeling good what a way to make aliving. Or even have fun jealously yours LOL Alistair

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