Saturday, June 26, 2010

every minute counts, and jigsaw blades have different jobs.

I've been spending a lot of time just sanding the pieces to the line because i couldn't cut really close without the worry of the jigsaw blade going off at an angle. Well, i was using the wrong blades. It seems that some are for crossgrain cuts and others are for cutting with the grain. Armed with that info I'm turning a two hour job into a one hour job, and with that I'm nearly out of wood to cut. Just two more side frame members. It seems today I'm a little closer to The Minuet Sailboat

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Minuet Sailboat blog

I googled my blog today and it has a number one search term. "Minuet Sailboat Blog". So that was exciting. That said there hasn't been any progress yet this week, but I will have quite a bit done by monday.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First Part!

Just a little update. I've finished my very first part. The bottom member of frame #4. It turned out to be about as perfect as anyone could expect from a first time boat builder. So needless to say it looks like there will be a Glen-l Minuet in our future! Hopefully this weekend we will be able to build some more.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Our first project!

This is Sarah, I'm Adam's wife. I haven't done a whole lot with the boat, but I gotta tell you. I don't think Adam has ever been SO excited to do something! Despite the dust, which is being kept out of my house ;) this is a fun project. And like he has been telling you, farely inexpensive. It makes sense, we live 15 minutes from the ICW. I just thought I would chime in my thoughts about this wonderful project. By the way, I'm the wonderful photographer. :) Doing a project like this is good therapy. Even though I just stand here and watch, it's something Adam and I can do together. It's not his thing, or my's our thing. And when we finish it, it will be OUR boat, that we built TOGETHER. It's a nice feeling. And we don't ever have to worry about whether or not we will have something to do on our day off or not. I will suggest to invest in a fan or window A/C because it gets HOT in the workshop!! But, at least the dust is staying out of my house! lol.

Monday, June 7, 2010

gooey sticky progress.

When it comes to laminations, less is more. In terms of epoxy that is. It's one of those learn as you go things. On the first lamination of the frames I used more than twice as much epoxy then on subsequent lamination's. I started using 1 ounce, and only laminated one frame. Way too much. So I stepped down to 20ml on a single frame member. Still too much. The problem was that is the smallest amount i can measure and mix properly. So I bought more clamps(I'm up to 10 now) and started laminating two at a time. Perfection reached. Not too much, and not too little. So I'm one step closer to a sailboat.With that here's a pic that my beautiful wife took.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

no more complaining.

My t-88 is finally here. I think I'll have to order from places closer to home from now on.

I went ahead and did a lamination of one of the smaller pieces. Bottom Frame #3. I've never seen anything hold this well. Honestly, the t-88 is definitely overkill. But I'm completely amazed at how little is needed. Tomorrow I'll step through the process of actually doing the laminations. Good night

Friday, June 4, 2010

Stand Still.

Everything's ready. Except the glue. It seems that it is drop shipped from system three, and they will gladly take their sweet ass time shipping it out. So, it looks like the project it starting to slow down for know. ugh...At least shipping is the only thing that is slowing down the project.