Boatbuilding Blog

June 6, 2008

Before and After

Filed under: Building - Tools — tomlarkin @ 7:01 am


January 2007 ==> June 2008

Now with a protective coating of epoxy!

January 1, 2007

New Years Day

I ordered 15 gallons of MAS epoxy from Joel Mill at Devlin. With the 10% discount I got from ordering the plans from them earlier, the cost was about a third lower than System Three.  I got a nice mix of fast and normal harderers and normal and thin resins, and a bunch of thickeners and cups and stuff. I don’t have any experience with MAS resins – I’m just going on the recommendations from Devlin.

This plywood is odd – it has a twist and won’t lie flat without being clamped down. I’ve never had to deal with that before.

I started scarphing the hull panels yesterday and expect to finish the process today. I power-plane them pretty close and clean them up with a belt sander. My Fein vacuum cleaner is set up to turn on automatically when the tools start up – it works great. I don’t need to wear dust protection. I’ve filled a whole large trash bag already with the shavings.


Next steps:

  • Laying out the panels and gluing them together
  • Cutting out the four panels (2 sides and 2 bottom)
  • Cutting out the bulkheads
  • Setting up the bulkheads on the strongback
  • Building the hull!