The air temp will be 80 degrees on Friday. Hooray! I'll finally be able to use epoxy and fiberglass cloth. She's gonna look sweet when she's all glistening and shiny. Then i'll turn her over an work on the seats and ribs. I'm happy now.
Today I put 2 coats of stain on the boat. It looks NICE! The stain (cherry) brings out all the color of the wood. Its supposed to thunder, lightning and rain tomorrow but the temperature is supposed to be 80 degrees. I can mix epoxy at that temperature but can't spread it in the rain(I'm doing this whole project outside). I think I'll epoxy on Saturday instead. Just got a call from my local sawyer. I ordered some white oak for the ribs. He cut me 3 totally clear boards so maybe tomorrow I'll slice the 40 or 50 boat ribs. More tomorrow.
Got one side of the boat epoxied. Tomorrow I'll do the other side. Went to Gary Mead's sawmill for 3 white oak boards. These will be ripped to 3/16" thick X 6' long. Each rib will be 1" wide X 6' long X 3/16 thick. I don't know if I should stain them. They will be varnished though.
I sanded all the high points and drips in the epoxy today. Every void is filled. No drips can be seen even to a boatbuilder's critical eye. The next steps are to put on about 6 coats of varnish, sanding after each coat is dry. after that she'll get turned over and I'll work on the inside (stern sheets,ribs, bow seat, deck then sand and varnish the inside. More to come! I don't think that I'll ever want to sell this boat because there's too much of ME in it.
Yesterday I finally put the first coat of varnish on the outside hull. I took pics but my camera is out in my truck right now. All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! I took a couple of pictures at different angles when the sun was shining. All I got were pictures of glare. It is so shiny! Went over today (it was a bit cloudy) and got better pictures. When my mom saw it for the first time she was blown away. Next is hand sanding, more varnish, more sanding, etc, etc until there are at least 4 or 5 coats on it. Then I'll turn it over and work on the inside. I'll post pics a little later.
The varnishing of the outside hull is really coming along. The boat looks better with each coat. Went over this morning, Ruffed up the first coat then put on the 2nd coat. At this rate I should have 5 coats of varnish on by Thursday or Friday. After that the boat gets turned over and I can work on the inside. Its a beautiful thing!
Yesterday I almost cried. I fiberglassed the transom of this boat and it camt out PERFECT!! I used the idea of using thumbtacks to keep the fiberglass cloth in place then putting epoxy over it. Then I decided to change the position of the boat. In doing so I tripped and the boat came off the sawhorses taking me with it. I landed on and dislodged the middle seat. Nothing happened to the hull though. It will take a few days to fix though.
I cant understand why it happened but I broke one of the wooden brackets yesterday while trying to bring it back into place with couple of clamps. I was in a hurry. Not a big fix but I was really pissed that I didn't think to ude a spacer in between. It will look right when I'm donr
Went over to the boat this morning and used a belt sander on the inside to get off all the old varnish and epoxy. After that it was sand, sand, sand on the inside. the gunwhales are ready for stain and varnish and the inside hullis ready for varnish also. Then I install the sternsheets and possibly another seat.
I've been working on the hull for a while and then tried to see if I could put in the ribs without setting up a steam box because it would be a real pain in the ass. The ribs were cut 1" x1/4". The ribs bent perfectly. I worked for over a week. I now have 16 ribs all cut and fit in the boat.. I need 21 rib in the boat so the last 5 will be in the bow and are pretty much ornamental. I fitted 8 ribs this morning. It seems that the more you do the quicker and better it goes. Next step is to cut them to length, stain them then epoxy them to the bottom of the boat. Last step is to varnish the ribs, stain the gunwhales again and varnish them. I'll post pictures when Its done. I'm keeping everyone in suspense LOL!
It rained all night last night and this morning the boat was eull of water so I guess it floats. Its aupposed to rain again (I bailed it out this morning). The rainwater softens up the ribs and allows them to conform to the inside of the hull. Its coming down to the wire! LOL!
Tomorrow I'll take over my sander and sand all 21 ribs, one at a time, then stain and replace them as I go. After this the epoxy is mixed and the ribs get glued. Then I flip the boat over and attach the keel. I took pictures today but left the camera in my truck.
I stained all 21 ribs today and never got a drop of stain on myself. Tomorrow I'll glue or epoxy all the ribs in place. After that Ill varnish the rails and ribs, flip the boat over again, and attempt to attach the Keel.