8.33 X 2 = $115

I was zooming along cutting frames and bulkheads when I made what I thought was a little mistake on 8.33, the end of the bunk area.  I cut to a grid line instead of the sheer line — the top of the hull.  It was just 2 inches off, so I cut off the offending 2 inches and redrew the lines.

It look pretty good, but not quite.  So one more measurement, and I discovered one side was 5/8 inch wider than the other.  On a boat, that’s a lot, and the curve at the top seemed off, too.  Somehow all the angles had changed.  So after thinking for about an hour of ways to patch/compensate, I gave up and threw out $115 of plywood and a half-days work.

I think my problem was drawing too many lines and measurements on the plywood.  On bulkhead 11, I just drew the lines I needed to cut out the frame, erased any extraneous, and it seemed to go much easier when it was time to cut.

After sitting at a desk for 40 years, it’s hard to describe how good I feel after a day in the shop.  I sleep like a log, I can’t wait to go back every day.  If I had to do this for a living, of course, I would be in constant worry about the poverty that is part of the boatbuilder’s life.  But I guess in those 40 years, I paid my dues to the worry-Gods.

 

8/33 -- second try.  This is the back of the bunk area.  L shape is the top of a small dresser.

8/33 — second try. This is the back of the bunk area. L shape is the top of a small dresser./*

Bulkhead at 11 -- I can barely carry it.  This is the entrance to the sleeping area.

Bulkhead at 11 — I can barely carry it. This is the entrance to the sleeping area.

After just 5 bulkheads the shop is a mass of boat pieces, offcuts ad sawdust.

After just 5 bulkheads the shop is a mass of boat pieces, offcuts ad sawdust.

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