Friday, July 16, 2010

smells like white vineger.

So you're like me? Too cheap to keep buying graduated measuring cups. Then use white vineger to clean them out, and blast them with water after to get rid of the last bits of epoxy.

Finally some pictures!

Yes, I've finally proved it. I am making parts for a sailboat! these are part of frames 2,3, and 4. The lamination is going to become frame members 5. I should be able to get frame member 1 laminated this weekend too. This kind of puts it into perspective. I've made 10 whole parts. Parts is parts, and eventually i'll need to put them together to make a boat.

What have i been doing?

I haven't posted in a while. Honestly, I haven't made much progress in a week and a half. I've been procrastinating doing a couple large laminations. Tonight I'm going to do them and finally post some pictures of my limited progress. In the meantime here is a breakdown of what I am planning on doing over the next 2 months.

over the next week
Frame members 1, 5, and side frame members 4.
Building up all frame members

two weeks out

three weeks

four weeks

 6 weeks
centerboard trunk
then finally the building jig.

7 weeks.
start putting the pieces together.

Monday, July 5, 2010

tip #1

Roll up the full size sheets. They come folded to save on postage, but that makes them a pita to work with. So roll em up. While you're waiting for the creases to become less apparent read everything that came with the plans.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Slow sailing.

But that's the point. Slowing down. Building a sailboat is a slow process. And tonight i just hit my favorite part. I'm out of materials. I'm also out of things to do with the materials i have. So, i get to buy more stuff!!! Yippeeee.. With this being my 30th post and finally running out of stuff I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know where my first $50 in lumber got me and about 5 dollars of t88 structural epoxy. To date i have ripped, re-oriented, laminated, planed, traced, cut out, sanded, and matched:

side and bottom frame members 2 & 3
bottom frame members 4

I have frames 1, 5, and the transom to go.

To date I have about 10 hours in so far. Much of that is ripping, laminating, and planing. My recommendation
is if you can find vertical grain wood. use it. It would have saved me at least 6 hours. Now that i have a system in place it won't take nearly as long.