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By preacher
#1719192
I've finished stripping the hull and moving slowly down the sides. Just a few pics to catch up.

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Setting the forms with a small angle to slightly rond the corners and adding the first strip to contain the hull strips. The "C" clamps are scarffed joints drying.
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The stern and bow have 12" planks and the bow has a hardwood strip mounted at the same level as the bottom cedar strips.

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I'm actually further than this shows but wanted to catch up.
By TexaRican
#1720430
Following closely. Looking great.

Hey Don, we are hitting 70's down here this week. Why don't you take a break from the project and meet me down at stingaree? I got canned on Friday so by tomorrow I'll be done calling my contact list and applying for jobs and will just be letting things churn a little. I plan to get the foam boats wet since I've got some forced free time :?
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By preacher
#1723504
I thought I was slow before he stroke, now I'm moving like a 70 year old man. Wait! I am a 70 year old man :lol:

I have managed to make some progress though.
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Now she looks like a boat.
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Now the real fun starts.
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Getting the edges rolled but haven't inserted the hardwood in the bow or stern yet.

You can barely see it but I trimmed the forms on the end so the bottom in mostly flat but the outside 2 inches are tapered a little.
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By preacher
#1725391
Got the rough sanding done on the bottom. Now I need to move to the sides.
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Bought me a new toy. 14 inch bandsaw. I want to do some inlays on these decks because Mrs. Preacher wants this one.
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Went to Rockler and found some Ebony to help in the inlays.
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Just had to try the saw out ( it took me 5 hours to put it together) and see what she can do. I got bad blade drift when I tried to strip a 4X4 but it did great with the Ebony 2"X2"X24"(which is very hard).
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These strips are 1/4" X 1/8" and no problem.
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By awoodman
#1725509
A lot of sanding with that type of build...wait till you get to the inside...Makes me appreciate my drum sander.....looking good....
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By preacher
#1726297
neon14 wrote:Looking good! I like the band saw. How much did that piece of ebony set you back?

2"X2"X2' cost me $36.00 but it is beautiful.
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By preacher
#1728242
Sorry about not posting much. I'm having issues recovering from this stroke with some severe knee pain and weakness.

I've got a lot of non-exciting sanding to do before I get to the interesting stuff worth pictures. My deck hatches will be novel this time. No bungee cords. Maybe no rubrail on this boat. I know Gerald always preaches that it's a fishing boat and not a coffee table but this is Mama's and I want it pretty. I like Ron's and some of the other seat ideas in that they are adjustable so I am looking at some of Rockler's rails and stuff. So, while the ice bags and meds are working I am working with paper and pencil drafting ideas. Should be doing some work this weekend Lord willing.

Started to do a centerfold photo of me but thought Gerald may block it :lol:
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By preacher
#1729367
Whew! 1 side and the bottom are sanded. At least it looks something like a boat now.
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Also tried my hand at creating spacers for the inside rail. Saw somebody do this here on the forum.
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Whoever it was had a drill press or a much more steady hand than I cuz mine were terrible and a waste of wood.

I'm also starting on the inlay fabrication.
Already cut the Ebony strips and Poplar strips to size and glueing them together.
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Made my jig and cutting the small pieces which I will glue together.

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By preacher
#1729910
Jeaux wrote:Hi Preacher,
Looking good, glad to see your doing well /;-{)

Thanks. Not as good as I want to be but a heckofa lot better than I was 9 months ago.
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By preacher
#1731233
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Spent the past 2 days repairing a problem. The stern radius is so radical that the sidewall snapped open and split the last strip for about 2 feet, but everything went back well and I was able to get a fill coat of resin on tonight.
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