September 2015 - Boat Building


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John cutting gunwale board on bandsaw


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John cutting gunwale board on bandsaw


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John cutting mortise for cabin roof backbone


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Testing the backbone for fit


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John and Peter preparing to rip a panel to shape


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John and Peter ripping panel


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Trying a cabin side


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Both cabin side installed


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It looks a bit odd now but will look great when complete


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Jacking down a panel to match the foredeck curve


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Jacking another corner


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Screwing foredeck panel to frames


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We will let these panels sit for a while and hope they remember the curve


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John and Peter putting up side wall with window cutouts


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Starting to look like a boat


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The long view


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Kerfing a foredeck panel for bending


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Two of three foredeck panels


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Setting up a precision circle for cabin window corner


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Drawing the precision circle


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Inside of cabin side panels epoxied


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Screwing second of three foredeck panels


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Screwing second of three foredeck panels


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Two foredeck panels glued and screwed


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Epoxying foredeck support we forgot. Note kerfs in foredeck panel.


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Epoxying foredeck support we forgot


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Peter attempting to use the hand plane


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Using the electric plane with edge guide


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Third of three fordeck panels glued and screwed


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Gunwales glued an screwed. Martha filling recessed screws with epoxy.


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Martha meticulously documents every day's work


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Foredeck in place. More fairing to be done, then fiberglass.


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Glassing starboard cabin side


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Martha pouring another batch of epoxy


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Patching flaws in marine plywood - this board should have been rejected


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Epoxying cabin supports


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Installing starboard cabin wall


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Martha cleaning up glue squeeze out


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Cabin walls glued, clamped and screwed - at long last


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Prototype windshield panel. The opening does not represent the window.


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Attaching starboard windshield panel (temporarily). Left side sraight, edge cut 3 °. Right side vertical, edge cut 8 °. Bottom curved to fit foredeck camber, edge cut 6 °. Top curved to fit roof camber, edge cut 10 °.


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It is boatbuilding but is it art?


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Port windshield panel prototype