boat build #2: starting the build

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Blog entry by papaj posted 12-23-2009 04:58 PM 1453 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: getting started Part 2 of boat build series Part 3: starting to take shape »

Ok, here are some pics of the build. The first one is of my grandson helping put the jig together. Then a pic of the epoxy pump I ordered from Michaels Engineering. It makes the process so much cleaner and easier as the epoxy comes out in the correct ratio and you just mix it up well. I found that saving my yogurt containers was a great way to save money and they were the perfect batch size. I also bought a box of tongue depressors at Michaels; it was very inexpensive.

I then cut “tape” from rolls of fiberglass. The build uses several different weights plus bias. Wife wasn’t to happy about having glass strands on the livingroom floor. I was banashed…luckily I got it all cut before she came home. ;-P

Alrighty, time to make some sawdust!! First step is cutting the bottom, and scarfing them so you can glue them together to get your length. The scarf just increases the gluing surface and makes a stronger joint. When you get to the bow this is very important due to the stress from the curvature. You know you have them right when all the ply lines are even. I thought I did a fair job for the first try at this.

Time to glue them panels up. It took three and a half panels to get the length I needed. The “front” bottom panels were 1/4” while the rest were 1/2”, so the bow panels would be easier to bend into the curve.

As you can tell I am working in my driveway under a Costco special. That soon came to a screeching halt as I had an jerk next door who called the city and complained. Guy would cut his lawn with scissors to make sure it was all even. Luckily he moved, and I have great neighbors now. Funny thing was he sold to a guy who wanted to flip the house, and he was selling off some of the stuff. I bought the carport and put it up over my driveway.

You can see in the pics that the bottom is taking shape. Here are pics of the first seam job I have done.

Next job was laying out, cutting, scarfing, and gluing up the shelves. This took quite awhile as the layout is time consuming.

Installing the shelves.

Guess I will stop here for now. More to come soon. Thanks for looking.

-- papaj, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 05:06 PM

Wow, what a project. Good pics and description, can’t wait to see the next installment!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 05:13 PM

That will be some kinda boat! Nicely done.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 05:57 PM

Nice progress!

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 06:04 PM

This is really very interesting. I like those great pics. You did great job Papaj!

Sorry Papaj, I do not mean to hijack your blog. Pardon me for saying something about boat making in my country. Traditional boat making is shrinking nowadays. As far as I know, wooden boat maker that still operating until now is the one located in Pulau Duyung in Trengganu. I visited once many years ago. They also provide charlet and room for rent for distance visitors. If I am not mistaken, one of boat owner (not sure either from Holland or Germany) came over for extensive boat repairs and stayed there for many many months. Finally he got married to local woman there and started the charlet business.

I do not know whether that beautiful traditional village still exists since the area was developed by the goverment. Here is one of the pic I got it from the website.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 07:03 PM

Those last two pictures make it look a heck of a lot longer than 24 feet! Nice job on cutting the scarfs. It would be fun to stop by and see that sometime (I’m just across the Columbia). I have built two wood/fiberglass sea kayaks. One strip and the other stich and glue plywood. Lots of fun!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 08:10 PM

Fun to see the build. I always buy Wooden Boat magazine every month because I like to see the work on boats and read the great sailing stories even though I don’t own a boat and don’t plan to either. Thanks for taking us along on your project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-24-2009 02:52 AM

woodworm, no problem…I love to talk about boats…that is a great pic. I think boat building is alot like motorcycle riding. Once you get started you always want to go bigger.

sras… Sounds like you already have the skills to build a Tolman. It is stitch and glue also. Very easy even for a novice like me. I am almost done with my new shop and hope to have the boat moved
inside sometime in January. You don’t have to wait until the boat is moved though; You can stop by and see the hulking mass in my yard, and check out the shop which looks like a cyclone hit it right now.
stefang..Wooden Boat is where I first saw the Redwing that I had originally thought of building.

thanks for the kind words guys. I will try to get more pics up tonight.

-- papaj, Oregon

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