Monday, April 28, 2014

One half of the deck

The rest of the port side went on with out a hitch.  Tape is a good clamp.   Got other projects for the rest of the week so the other side will have to wait for a few days.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I'm back!

Took a few weeks off this project in order to get the big boat ready for the water.  Also started another mothboat for a fellow up in NY.   The strips are going on nicely.  I had to stop here because the bend at the bow was getting severe and I needed to let the glue dry before any more go on.  I think I have enough strips to finish the deck.  We'll see how that goes after the port side gets done.

                                                         Big boat!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stripping the deck

It always looks like you got a lot more strips when you cut them up.  But just put them on the boat and they disappear from the pile real fast.  I got 26 strips on.  That's a good day for me.  Two hour max is my work limit with strips.  They get on your nerves fast and then you start to make mistakes.  Besides, I ran out of glue.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cedar strips

A few weeks ago I got some cedar from Lowe's .  Whenever I'm in the store I visit there cedar rack.  They usually have a full selection of boards in most sizes.  I look through the 6 inch wide pile and pull out all the best sticks.  I look for minimum knots ans good color.  I  usually find one or two great boards.  An 8 footer costs about 12 bucks.    That's compared to a specialty lumber store that has clear cedar for about 4 bucks a foot.  That comes to about 32 bucks for the same lumber.  When it's cut up into strips you can't see the difference.  The two boards gave me about 38 strips.  I cut them 4 mil thick.  I'll probably need two more sticks. I'm going to butt join the strips.  Not going to do bead and cove.  The curve is shallow, not like a canoe where you need the bead and cove to make the tight curve.