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Forum topic by Kudzupatch posted 03-28-2021 02:53 PM 496 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2021 02:53 PM

Busy couple of weeks on the boat. Lots of work and little of it shows. Got the gauges polished and back in.

Got a little of painting started on the inside. Really tough job sanding this down. So I am going to break it up and do a little at time. Much easier on the back and knees. No one will ever see this but it is something that just drives me crazy. And it will make it last longer too.

Pulled the bolts out of the strut to check the wood underneath. Good thing I did too!! It was way worse than I expected. And of course there is always that one bolt that just doesn’t want to give in.

Once the strut was loose I found the wedge underneath it was in two pieces and just about ready to fail even though it looked fine.

I made a new one out of some white oak. It is deceptively simple pieces. It has two compound angles. The obvious one from front to back and then there is ridge down the center and it slopes down on both sides. Lots of hand fitting to get that one right.

Started with my home-made scrub plane and then finished off with other planes and the scraper plane.

I always say there will be that one bolt that will not come out easy. Well removing the spray rail I discovered that bolts MOMA! Lots of chiseling the old wood so I could finally get some vice grips on it and then it didn’t want to come out.

Long tiring week but it feels so nice to see it being put back together!

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#1 posted 03-28-2021 03:11 PM

That looks pretty amazing so far. You have your work cut out for you.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 03-28-2021 03:18 PM

Thanks for showing the progress. Keep doing it please.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 03-28-2021 04:29 PM

Man that’s a huge undertaking!

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#4 posted 03-28-2021 04:37 PM

Too cool. A labor of love for sure.

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 03-28-2021 05:00 PM

Good looking progress. They say it ain’t work if your doing something that you love. Lol. My guess is some of them have never done much.
For Christmas my wife got me a pair of Duluth bibs with some knee pads. I wear them around the house all the time now. The knee pads come in very handy even when doing little random things. Might be worth the investment and help with some of the aches and pains

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 03-28-2021 05:10 PM

I’m aghast that you got rid of that lovely “ocean view” bottom! Next thing you’ll tell us you expect it to float! LOL

Very nice and tedious work.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#7 posted 03-28-2021 06:08 PM

Thanks for showing your progress, it is very interesting!

-- Mike

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#8 posted 03-29-2021 02:35 AM

Keeps me off the streets and out of the pool hauls at nights. :-)

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#9 posted 04-01-2021 10:11 PM

When the might as wells hit, they hit hard. Was just going to paint this area and this happened.

Now it is painted and going back together. Found hidden damage so had to make some new pieces and repair one.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#10 posted 04-01-2021 11:46 PM

Getting there Jeff. Too cool!

-- Darrel

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#11 posted 04-02-2021 12:03 AM

A true labor of love, great work. I really like following this along.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#12 posted 04-02-2021 03:47 AM

I only wish I could spend time in your shop and learn from you. It would be amazing!

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#13 posted 04-04-2021 02:03 PM

Why has this guys account not simple been revoked? I have run my own forum. I have moderated and this would have never been allowed in any group I have been in, YET, he just keeps posting and nothing is ever done about it.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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#14 posted 04-04-2021 02:21 PM

This ‘guy’ is a new one. Only 30 min old…
Why? Because Verticalscope doesn’t care about the problem. They never have and never will. Cricket takes some time off(tries) and the place goes to spam hell. She sweeps up pretty well when she’s around.
Whatcha gonna do? It’s their house and we’re the guests…
Threaten to leave…they won’t care about that either.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#15 posted 04-11-2021 05:27 PM

Felt like I would be here, sanding, forever.

And I am still there, but I did get one side done and painted. Still a lot more to do.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats*

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