Diesel Duck 382

Diesel Duck 382
Diesel Duck 382 with the "get home" steadying sails up.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Third times the charm

This freakin damn roof is going to be my nemesis!  Last week I came home to find our 6 mil visqueen roof had failed again.  There was no major weather event, just normal light breezes and rain.  I guess I should have known something was wrong.  Two weeks ago I noticed water dripping from the roof during a rain storm.  It was not very heavy and I wasn't sure if it was just condensation.  Now it appears that there was a hole in the plastic in the area of the ridge beam.  I'm guessing that the hole grew bigger from the stresses of the wind and eventually grew large enough for the wind to really get a hold of it and rip it off.

As I began to remove all the torn plastic, it quickly became apparent that there was another contributing factor to the damage.  The plastic tore like paper, ripping cleanly like it was being cut by a razor.  I knew UV degradation would eventually destroy the plastic, but I didn't think it would happen this quickly.  The UV rays from the sun made the plastic extremely brittle.  Couple that with the abrasion of the plastic rubbing against the ridge beam in the wind and a premature failure was inevitable.  

So back to the drawing board we went.  The first thing I wanted to address was the abrasion issue.  It was very obvious where the most stresses on the roof were.  All along the ridge beam and at the peaks of the end walls are where the plastic is under the most tension.  I used some old carpet from my fathers house to cover all those areas.

Replacing the roof is a full 2 day job and I had no desire to repeat my mistakes.  I began to research alternatives for the new cover.  There are custom options available but they mostly work with very large structures like salt sheds and construction projects.  They use a heavy duty plastic fabric with a UV coating and claim up to a 15 year life span.  That kind of durability comes at a considerable price that I just could not afford.

I have seen and heard of others using large tarps to cover their building but I was concerned how that would block out the light.  That would force me to run electric to the shed and add interior lighting.  However I then found a few manufacturers that produced large white tarps.  Further research found a couple manufactures with UV coated, heavy duty, white tarps.  I ended up purchasing a 12 mil, 3 ply, UV coated 40'x50' white tarp for $290.

I looked at UV treated shrink wrap as well.  However, to get the 12 mil thickness of the tarp with a UV coating, it became very expensive.

This past weekend we went to work replacing the roof with our new tarp.  I quickly realized I should have done it this way from the start.  The tarp is a little more heavy and difficult to hoist up and drag across the structure, but the benefits easily out weigh the negatives.  Additionally, the tarp can be tensioned much tighter than the visqueen.  The visqueen has a tendency to stretch as you pull it so you can never get a tight fit.  The tarp, with it's added rigidity, has much less give which allows it to be tensioned much like a stretched skin aircraft wing.

I monitored projected wind conditions all week and we were lucky to have an extremely calm day on Saturday.  Even so, I enlisted the help of my Brother-in-law, Father, Wife and my son for the install.  Just like last time, we laid out the tarp in the grass and rolled half of each side in toward the center.  The finished roll looks like two parallel pipes laying tightly together.  The "pipes" were then tied to together at a few spots along the entire length to hold it in position.  A rope was then tied to one end and as the entire assembly was hoisted up to the roof on the east side, the rope was pulled across from the west side.  As the rope was pulling the tarp across, the lines holding the "pipes" together were cut in preparation for the unrolling.  With a little assistance from our ground crew with a long painters pole, we quickly had the roof in position to be unrolled. The pulling rope was disconnected and then tarp was easily unrolled down each side of the boat shed.  The extra hands we enlisted helped hold things in position until we could temporarily tack the roof in place.

We used the grommets on the tarp as a connection point for our battens along the knee wall.  As we learned from our first roof, screws are not strong enough to hold the battens. We once again bolted them to the knee wall.  Each bolt was backed up by a plywood "washer" on the inside of the knee wall.  This gives us a considerably more holding power capable of withstanding the wind loads our shed will be under.

We used the grommets again on the end walls along with wooden battens.  A combination of bolts, screws and cap washers hold everything tightly in position so the wind can not find a way to get a grip on our new roof.  The finished product maintains a relatively bright interior with a more durable exterior.  

I guess time will tell but, as usual, I have high hopes for success!  Ultimately I don't know what the right answer is.  Spend the big bucks for a more permanent roof, or save the money and be prepared to replace to roof a few times over the course of the project?  I guess if you are doing something similar let your finances be your guide.  However I would not recommend using visqueen if your building is subject to any significant wind conditions.  Our building is completely exposed from the South and West (the most predominant wind directions in our area) and is subject to the full force of the wind and sun.  

For only $100 more, the tarp gives us twice the thickness and a UV coating that the visqueen cannot.  Some have recommended green house plastic with UV inhibitors.  However I could not find anything but clear green house plastic.  The clear plastic just makes for absolutely unbearable heat conditions inside.  Our 2nd roof was clear, and the highest recorded temperature over the summer was 142 degrees (F).  I know it will still be warm inside when under direct summer sun, but the white cover should reflect at least some of the heat.

With all of this roof business going on, we were still able to make a little progress on our final glue ups for the last of the keel components.  The deadwood was completed and now just needs to be cut to shape.  All the lumber for the last 17' section of the aft keel has been milled and one sub-assembly has been glued up.  Only a couple more glue ups and we'll have everything for the keel ready for final assembly.

With our work space once again protected from the elements, we'll be able to get back at the actual boat building this week.  I also wanted to share a link to another cool project.  The Sampson Boat Company has a YouTube channel documenting the restoration of the historic wooden sailing vessel Tally-ho.  This is the story of a man from the UK who traveled all the way across the pond and bought Tally-ho for $1, saving it from the landfill.  It's a mammoth undertaking and should make for some interesting watching.  

As always, thanks for being here and following along.  We wish all of you good luck on your project and hope you find some time to create something beautiful!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Take a break

That was close!

I just tapped out a paragraph for this post expressing my opinion on an issue in the news today.  After reading it over I was struck by the fact that no one should care what I think.  This site is dedicated to an epic boat building project.  Our goal has been and continues to be the documentation of the building process and to serve as an affirmation that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

I quietly told myself when I started writing on this site that I would not talk politics, social issues or any other controversial topic.  If you the reader want news, opinions or analysis on a particular issue, you have a nearly endless amount of options available to you on the net.

We are honored to have so many individuals check out our project.  We have received messages and emails from literally all over the world.  Some offer advice, others offer words of encouragement and sometimes it's just small talk about building stuff in their part of the world.  It's been a wonderful experience and served as a strong motivator to press on even when we are just not feeling up to working.

I hope to return that goodwill by maintaining a place that people can come and check out some guy on the internet building a huge boat in his backyard and that's it.  No deep reflections, no social justice side taking, just a cool DIY project.  I want to offer a chance for people to turn off the real world and disappear into their own dreams. 

I once made a comment on a particular site on a social media platform where I stated that I was disappointed at how contentious and political the platform had become.  That I always hoped that the platform would offer a respite from the real world, not a reflection of it.  Someone commented on my post and told me that I should not run away from the real world but find a way to change the things I didn't like.  I was a little irritated by that comment.  The person who commented was obviously a young person based on their profile picture, full of piss and vinegar no doubt.  I responded and truly believe, that we do not need to battle every minute of every day.  It's ok to take a break from the "real world" and decompress in the excitement of others accomplishments or our own frivolous dreams and hobbies.

Well that is what we want to do here as well.  Please take a break, scroll through the pictures and take a look at the different parts of our project.  Consider what you would do differently or what tool you wished you owned yourself.  If you want more, take a look at the "links we love" at the bottom of this page and check out those projects.  Maybe click on this LINK and check out a couple of young guys in Massachusetts building a big sailboat in their front yard in a series called Acorn to Arabella.

I'm always sharing links here on other projects and YouTube series I think people might like.  I'm not in a competition with SV SeekerTips From a Shipwright or Salt and Tar for viewers.  I'm a fan who admires what they do and I find their work fascinating and entertaining.  I hope people think the same about our project but the goal is to spread inspirational and interesting stories.  Stories that  counter all the challenges and negativity we all deal with everyday.   It's ok to allow yourself a chance to unwind, Don't you worry, the real world will be waiting when you're done.

A very cool project and outstanding camera work in their video series.  Check out the link above.

As for myself, no one cares what I think, and if they do, they shouldn't.  Of course I have opinions and a political position, pretty strong ones.  This is not the place for that.  Man or woman, black or white, gay or straight, on this site it makes no difference.  We are here because we like building things or wish that we could.  

So thanks for being here and we hope you enjoy it. If you have questions then please, ask a way.  Let us know what you're working on or what you wish you were working on.  Share with us the challenges you face in your part of the world as you work towards accomplishing your dream projects no matter how big or small.  Most importantly, don't forget to, at some point, put the Ipad, laptop and/or remote down and go create something of your own!

Now lets talk boat stuff!

It's hard to make the machining of rough stock fun to read about.  We continue to press on with the building of various parts of the keel.  Running hundreds of board feet of lumber over our jointer and through the planer then gluing up the lamination's and cutting them to size.  Not to much drama these last couple weeks.

After prepping the stock we attach the pattern to the side of the keel and begin stacking the pieces up until they cover the pattern.  The above pictured piece is called, I believe, the aft deadwood and supports the piece the transom will attach to.

The plans were designed with "2 by" stock in mind, but my stock is thinner so more pieces are required.  The result is the same amount of board feet in each piece, just more layers.

Once again we glue up in sub assemblies where we can just to make sure we exert enough clamping pressure for the resorcinol to work.  The layers slip and slide when you begin to clamp so it can be a challenge to get everything lined up properly.  I have considered shooting a brad nail into the layers to hold things in place until the clamps are applied.  I have not done so because I worry that will end up having to drill through the brads when I add the keel bolts or drifts.

The white oak stem has been glued into one large timber.  Same process here as well and man is this thing heavy.  I'll have to come up with a way to lift this into position when the time comes.  I have an idea for a rolling gantry crane running around in my head along with an idea for a homemade jib crane.  We'll see.

The last piece to build is the biggest at over 17' long.  I have a stack of lumber on my bench ready to be machined to make up this mammoth piece.  We hope to have this in clamps this weekend.

In other news....the summer is officially over as it was dock out day at the lake this past weekend and it was time to get the jetski out of the hoist.  This required me to finish up what I started on the Zip this summer as it was sitting on my jetski trailer.  I was able to bend around 3 of the 4 sheer lamination's before we flipped it over and off of the trailer.  These 5/8" thick pieces of white oak bent surprisingly easy with no steam or wetting down required.

We used thickened epoxy to glue everything up and then added many, many clamps to close all the gaps.  The stem required some additional support from some plywood "washers"

Even though I don't always love every step of either project, I am still having fun when I'm working on them.  I normally spend a lot of time in the shop on the weekends and as time allows during the week.  However, like most adults, we frequently have obligations at work or with the kids that limit our availability.  We do the best we can and are grateful for the time we do have.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Size Matters

Working alone allows for the true mental decompression that woodworking affords.  However, when building a boat, working alone has it's limits.  I am approaching those limits when dealing with the various laminated timbers that make up the keel.  When you start gluing up 8, 10 or 12 layers of wood, some 10 feet long, weight starts becoming an issue!

The last couple weeks have been devoted to machining, flat and square, several pieces of larch and white oak.  In a perfect world, based on the plans, I would know exactly how many boards each piece of the keel needed.  However by the time I machine my boards flat they are often thinner than described in the plans and therefore more pieces are required to make up the lamination.  This really is my own fault as I did not order my lumber thick enough.  I know better and I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking but I ordered my lumber for the final dimensions indicated in the plans.  I did not take into account the waste that would be required when the boards were run over the jointer and through the planer.  I guess my mind was in dimensional lumber mode where the lumber is already machined smooth and flat.

Our white oak is gorgeous stuff, I feel bad using if for boat timbers and not furniture.

Not that big of deal but food for thought going forward for future lumber orders.  I took the patterns we made back in the winter and taped them to the side of the lower keel assembly.  I then began to stack the machined boards up enough to cover the patterns.

Once I had what I needed I glued them up.  Depending on the type of glue I used determined whether I felt the need to glue them up as one piece or in sub-assemblies.  I used resorcinol for pieces that would be submerged, I used plastic resin and Titebond III for assemblies that would be wet but not submerged.  After having a great conversation with an engineer over at Titebond, I will now only be using TBIII and resorcinol.  Plastic resin glue really does not offer any advantages in this application besides a slightly lower cost.  If you want to learn more about my conversation with Titebond, click on the "materials" tab at the top of this post.

After each piece had time to dry, the clamps were removed. The sub assemblies, if necessary, were glued together as well.  Most of the laminations are larch but I'm using white oak for the stem.  White oak is quite a bit heavier but it's also stronger.  I think that is important for the stem and the stresses I may put it under.

White oak stem, glued with resorcinol.
This past weekend we got out the big timber frame saw again in preparation for cutting the laminated timbers to shape.  Just like when we cut the knees, we laid the patterns on the laminated "blanks" and traced out the shape with a wide tipped marker.  This is an effective way to give a nice clean line under the pattern for the exact size of the piece.  By using a wide tipped marker, the outside of the line provided a nice parallel cut line allowing us to cut each piece oversize with plenty of extra for final fitting.

You can see in the pictures that the red marker line is still visible, indicating we still have some work to do with the planer to get it to it's final dimension.  This is exactly what we want, margin for error!

Transom support. (not sure of the real name)

Stem forefoot
It takes two passes with the timber saw to cut these pieces to size.  By using a reference mark on the timber and on the pattern I can cut one side, flip both the piece and the pattern over in a mirror image and cut the other side.  The cuts line up very close, but not perfect.  A few passes with the power planer smooth out any inaccuracies.

You can see in this close up of the stem forefoot how the TBIII penetrates the fibers of the wood allowing you to cut and plane the laminations to a feathered edge.

Once the cuts were complete I took a rough measurement off of the plans and placed the forefoot where it will be installed.  It's a good feeling watching the keel take shape.

We still have two more laminations to glue up and one of them is over 17' long!  I'll have to get my father involved again for that one.  I better hurry while we have warm temperatures and before he goes in for another knee replacement.

The summer is winding down and we've been blessed with warmer temperatures.  It's actually been warmer in September than in August so we will probably be making a trip to the lake this weekend. The nice part about this part of the project is that the machining of the boards can be done whenever I have a little time.  I can do a few after work each night then do the glue ups on the weekends.

We'll continue to press on as time allows.  With school back in session and the related activities, time is often a rare commodity.  I continue to really enjoy the time that I do have to devote to the project.

We press on in pursuit of our dream and we hope you find time to work on yours as well!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Spread the News!

As if finding the "magic bullet" wasn't exciting enough! However, it was topped when we received a visit from one of the local News stations.  The picture I posted on Facebook of the magic bullet made it's way to the lead anchor, Adam Chodak, at our local CBS affiliate (WROC) here in Rochester.  He was even more interested to learn about our project and requested a visit to the boat shed.

We happily agreed and Adam along with his cameraman, Christian, spent nearly two hours learning about the Sea Dreamer Project.  Working in my job I have frequent contacts with the media.  Being in a mid-sized market often leads to a transient press pool. They work here to gain experience while they hope for a job in a Major market. This often leads to inexperienced reporters in the field who are more interested in being first then being right.

Well Mr Chodak does not fit into that category.  A Rochester area native, he is committed to this town and it's residents.  He was extremely thorough in his questioning and committed to getting the story right.  His professionalism was reflected in the news story he did about our project.  It was a great experience and he certainly demonstrated that his is a voice that viewers can trust.

If you would like to check out the news piece you can click THIS LINK and check it out.  I have no interest in becoming internet famous or a YouTube star.  I know that some readers may be doubtful of that statement when I'm regularly making YouTube videos, posting on Facebook and sharing our project on various internet forums.  

The reasons I started writing and making videos about our project were primarily twofold.  First, I was disappointed that I could not find something similar when I originally began thinking about building this boat.  It was frustrating that I could not find any videos of a build on such a relatively common boat, designed to be built by the home builder.  Additionally there were less than a handful of blogs on various builders constructing Diesel Ducks.  Most of them were incomplete.  I decided that since I was going to build this boat, I would provide the things I wish I could have found before I started my project.  I didn't want to complain about a problem and not be willing to do something to fix that problem.  I figured it would only be a little extra effort to provide people thinking about building a Duck some pictures and commentary about the process.

Secondly, and this was a reason that slowly evolved, was the fact that I wanted to do my part to motivate people to take on their own dream project.  I hate how that sounds, because I'm not "that guy" who is some arrogant, self absorbed jerk who thinks people hang on his every word.  I'm certainly out going with friends, but around strangers I'm fairly quiet.  I enjoy my solitude and often feel awkward in social situations with those that I don't know.  My job has taught me to "fake it" when necessary so that I appear comfortable talking with anyone, but in reality it is always a struggle. It's not in my nature to be the "rah, rah" guy trying to motivate people to fulfill their potential.

With all of that said, the more I got into this crazy project the more I realized how blessed I truly was. Taking on such a bold project, such as this, is very out of character for someone as measured and calculating as myself.  I began to see that if someone like me can do this, then hell, anyone could! Additionally I began to see how fortunate I was to have such a supportive circle of friends and family around me.  Without their support, particularly my wife's, I would never be able to consider taking on such a massive project.  I felt very strongly that I needed to pay this forward.  I wanted others to see the blessings in their life and believe anything is possible if we are willing to try.  

I hate how that sounds too!  I have lived much of my life with a cynical eye towards peoples wacky endeavors.  Yet here I am, acting like one of these wacky individuals I have been critical of in the past.  The only conclusion I can draw is that I have been wrong.  Wrong in my perceptions of others, wrong to be so opinionated  about the things I knew so little about.  My options were to either dig my heels in and continue my ignorance or go public with my failures and hope to bring some good out of it.  I have chosen the latter which bring us to my long winded point writing about my motivations.

Finally, there was one more reason to go public with this build.  It's an obvious one and I'm sure we all know what it is.  Financing!  Would I like to have a 1000 views a day on this site and 100,000 subscribers on YouTube?  Hell yes!  Not because I want recognition or fame but because I would love to find a way to fund this build with advertising dollars and corporate sponsorship.  I know how lucky my family is to have steady employment and enough disposable income to even consider starting a project such as this.  

However I would be lying if I did not say that I was terrified of the costs of this build.  I know I can do everything required to build and operate this boat.  The only thing, and it's a big only, is how the hell am I going to pay for this.  I don't want to wait 20 years to build this boat only because I'm waiting on financing it.

I knew I had to do something more to supplement our boat building budget.  What better way then to monetize something I love doing.  The only way to monetize it is to publicize.  I proudly admit that I welcome the exposure from our local media and the reach provided by social media.  

From the bottom of my heart we believe in our mission of providing quality information to fellow builders (and/or dreamers) and encouraging people to live their dreams.  Those will always be our top priorities when creating content surrounding this project.  However the financial aspect, I un-apologetically  admit, is very important to us as well.  

I'm not sure why I felt compelled to explain all that.  I think it might be so people reading this can get a sense of the person I am and believe that I'm not some guy who is full of shit. Being authentic and representing the truth throughout this project, the good, the bad and the ugly, are very important to me. I guess I still process the things I write and say through my perpetually cynical mind and what I would have thought had I read or saw this stuff before I began this project.  It's always a struggle to be the person you want to be, fighting against the person you wish weren't.

Blah, blah, blah......lets get to the boat stuff!  With all the frames complete, station 34 being the last, it was time for some reflections on the process.

As they say, the 19th time is the charm!  I think I finally figured out the best order in which to build these frames.  The most important thing is that after you have temporarily attached the first two gussets go ahead and attach the cross bracing pieces.  Those being a board across the frame at the sheer, a board across the frame above the keel and then two diagonals.

If you build them how I did the previous 18 you'll find that once the other gussets are attached and bolted, it is very difficult getting the frame back in position exactly against the set back blocks.  This is important because you want the frames to exactly match the lofting you so carefully drew out on the table.

By attaching the bracing while it's still in the correct position without the opposite side gusset and bolts getting in the way, you essentially create a template for the frame. This allows you to take off the bracing as one piece (think of a giant X) for all the flips that are required for assembly.  This greatly eases the process of cutting the notches and adding glue and bolts where you are continually flipping the frame over, back and forth.  

The bolt box is empty!
Once you have attached the opposite side gussets and glued and bolted them in place for the port and starboard side of the frame, you simply reattach the bracing.  As long as you ensure your screws go back into the frames in their original holes, your frame instantly returns to the correct shape. I'll be sure to remember this for my next large boat build!

I had one final loft to complete and that was for the transom.  Since I'm going to build the transom in place I had to do this now so I could dismantle the framing table and recover some much needed floor space.  I used the back side of the red rosin paper I taped up when I lofted the stem back in the winter. I simply laid it out on the table, taped it into position and used the measurements provided in the plans.  This included the only curved part of the lofting that was required for any of the frames.

The curve was simple enough and involved some careful measurements provided in the plans and then springing a batten around some 8p finish nails.

With that complete it was time to retire the framing table.  Finding the screw heads buried under 15 layers of paint was the only challenging part.  Even with that, the table was gone in under an hour. With all the new space ready to filled my son was drafted into helping.  We organized each frame in order fore and aft.  The fore frames were placed on the right and the aft on the left.  Once neatly stacked I was able to slide the keel to the center of the building cradle.

Next up was leveling the keel athwartships.  Generally I was pleased at how we were able to take most of the twist out of the keel with the use of the super clamps.  However, it still wasn't perfect, particularly at the very aft and very forward sections of the keel.  It only took a few passes with the power planer to remove the high spots and give us a completely flat and level surface to continue building up the rest of the keel.  In hind sight I probably should have done this with each sub-assembly but this method worked as well.

With that job complete it was time to install a few drift bolts.  I was completely unfamiliar with drifts until I began this project.  They are just big nails.  The ones I purchased where 1/2", hot dipped galvanized, 18" long drift bolts with a hex head.  The install process is pretty simple and involves drilling out holes for each bolt at opposing angles to each other.  You start by drilling out 1/3 of the required length to the full thickness of the bolt.  You then drill out the remaining  2/3 of the length of the bolt slightly undersized, in my case by 1/16".  I then coated the full thickness part of the bolt with some asphalt based "tar" and pounded them in with a sledge hammer.

It takes some real muscle to pound these things in and you need to be careful not to bend the drift. Even though my lower keel is completely glued together into one solid timber, these drifts provide additional security that those boards will never come apart.

Labor day weekend is coming up so I'll be taking a break from the build to enjoy the final days of summer with the family.  As I look back on the summer I'm pleased with our progress even though we did not complete as much as I had hoped for.  I'm learning that things in this project just take longer than I expected.  Our goal continues to be accuracy and not speed.

The fun continues, thanks for following along on our project!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mystery and milestones

It's been an excellent week of work!  We are finally seeing some tangible results with items being scratched off our to-do list.  The lower keel assembly is complete, consisting of 15 layers of 2x8's glued with Rescorcinol.  Our upgraded super clamps worked perfectly and as the keel sits, it's nearly perfectly flat.  A few passes with the power planer and she'll be perfect.

We let the final glue up cook in the clamps for 48 hours just to be sure before removing them.  She still needs to be cleaned up and cut to shape but the largest glue ups for this project are now complete.

This past weekend we worked hard to reach our next milestone, the frames.  With only 3 left to build I was determined to get these done!  We finished milling up our beautiful larch and made it happen. These frames have become quite mundane to build, essentially repeating the same steps 19 times. However, on Saturday, I got a little surprise.  

After cutting the miter for the port side chine on station 24 a long hidden surprise was revealed.  I didn't notice when I made the cut, but after flipping the assembly over I noticed a distinct shape on the face of the cut.  I've heard of other woodworkers finding such treasure but it's quite rare.  The dull grey, oblong sphere encircled by a very thin ring of copper could only be one thing.  A bullet!

I grabbed a chisel and pried the object out.  My suspicions were confirmed, it was indeed a full metal jacketed bullet, probably a .45 caliber.  It was at least 14 years old judging by the rings, however without the whole tree to examine, I'm not sure exactly how old.  Being that this is Larch, a type of pine, which is harvested fairly regularly it's probably not that old.  I'm told they've been manufacturing these types of jacketed bullets since the late 1800's, but this one is probably from within the last 50 years.  

It's kind of neat to think that so many years ago a man with a gun was out in the forest.  Was he there for target practice? Hunting? something sinister? Maybe the shooters bullet missed it's target or perhaps the target hung on this very tree. Whatever the reason, this bullet lodged itself in an unsuspecting tree.  The tree healed itself around the bullet and I'm sure it thought it's secret was safe for eternity.  Then one fateful day, a sawyer in upstate NY felled a tree and milled it into lumber. Still the tree concealed it's past, certain that this needle was well hidden in it's haystack.  Then I came along, machining the board flat.  Positioning it several times on the lofting table until I was satisfied that the best parts of the board were being utilized.  Then it just so happened, that this tiny part of a random tree, in an endless sea of Larch trees, was placed just so, a miter cut exposed it's long kept secret.  And just like that an errant bullet was once again exposed to the world.  Along with it came a story for this author that will be remembered forever.

Like I said, I've heard of this happening before.  What makes this interesting is the fact that I hit it nearly perfectly lengthwise.  A few cm's left or right and I would have never know it was there.  Just lucky on this day, but much like life, you just never know what's going to happen next!

This excitement slowed us down a bit but in short order we were back to work.  We finished up two frames on Saturday and then the 19th and final frame Sunday morning.

It's taken five months or so to complete all the frames.  It certainly could have been done faster but I wanted to take advantage of the warm weather while I could for the other big glue-ups.  Not to mention summer is a time for family, and it's important to maintain balance in one's life.  So here are some of the numbers for the frames:

76 Rough boards machined, beveled and cut to shape.
6 sheets of 3/4" BCX plywood
114 Miter cuts
380 5/16", 4" galvanized bolts, nuts and washers

Building them was quite a project in and of themselves, The fact that they are just one part of this build really brings the scope of this project into perspective.

All 19 frames stacked and ready for install
I plan to lay some red rosin paper on the lofting table and loft out the transom.  I'll then save that pattern for later and will dismantle the table.  I'm in desperate need for more space in the boat shed so I'm looking forward to getting the table out of there.

We'll move on to gluing up the remaining keel components, like the forefoot and a knees.  From there we'll finish making our keel bolts and move forward with installing all the components.  There is never a lack of things to do when your're building a boat!  However it makes every step a triumph. We'll celebrate tonight and start work again tomorrow, and so it goes until we splash her.