Elf at Work

December 21, 2015  Hours spent building to date:  1, 879

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I have been doing a lot of work this week on a project for the Tardis Christmas Special, but regular work continued also:

— Glued the forward piece to the cabin sides — looks much more complete, and stretches out the lines so the boat doesn’t look so high.

— Milled and attached the forward hatch frame.

— Milled and installed the lower carlin where the forward windows will attach.  All curves, bevels and compound bevels — not a straight line in sight.  I hacked my way through it slowly, and the joints aren’t bad.  I’m glad I added a light frame just under the carlins, since the deck is now sandwiched between two heavy pieces of cherry that will support the whole window structure.  Lots of screws and glue, and even a big wave in cold water isn’t going to move the window frame.

— With John home from school, we picked up about 60 feet of  10-inch wide sapele mahogany for the deckhouse frames.  Beautiful stuff from Connecticut River Lumber Company.   It is stamped with all the numbers that supposedly mean it is legal, sustainable lumber, which I think is important.  Milled up the upper carlins to start marking the frame locations.

— Faired up the sides and bulwarks for primer.  Foredeck is ready for glass.

Cabin side glueup.

Cabin side glueup.

Completed sides.  Stretches out the boat visually and looks much better.

Completed sides. Stretches out the boat visually and looks much better.

Hatch frame glued and screwed.

Hatch frame glued and screwed.

Lower carlins.  Lousy picture, but the joints are actually pretty tight.

Lower carlins. Lousy picture, but the joints are actually pretty tight.

Upper carlins dryfit

Upper carlins dryfit

 

 

 

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