More tests with epoxy, learning how to work with epoxy

In this video I continue with getting used to working with epoxy. In the previous video I used epoxy for the first time, so when I came back the next day I wanted to see how and if I could clean the tools that I used, I also wanted to see if the epoxy cured well. I also coated several other small pieces of plywood to test other things on (like for example sanding or multiple coats). I really want to start with putting the backbone together, but I am first going to work a bit more with test pieces. Apart from that, the temperature in the main room of my working space is now almost below 10 degrees and in the next months it is only getting colder and often more humid. So I might have to postpone putting the backbone together until the temperature and humidity is more suitable. If that would be the case, I know how to keep busy and warm… I have to saw, joint, plane many long battens out of the planks of wood that I have. I am looking at a machine, the Holzstar UMK 6 for this purpose.

Reorganising stock of plywood and oregon pine

In this video on this day I stopped at my workspace on the way to the funeral service of the uncle of my father. I moved the Bruynzeel Hechthout multiplex sheets and the planed oregon pine to one of the smaller rooms, because that room is kept at a constant temperature and humidity level. I want to take care of my stock of wood and that is not possible in the main space where the temperature at the moment is getting too low and humidity level too high.

Finished hardboard backbone patterns, start of 18mm plywood cuts

In this video I did a long building session on sunday. I only briefly stopped for a delicious thai lunch. I finished the hardboard backbone patterns and later cut out one part out of 18mm Bruynzeel Hechthout multiplex. These 18mm sheets are heavy to handle alone. And I also planed again 2 long battens for later use. I just try to do a few every building session. The temperature was around 10 degrees inside the work space. I had 60s music on and I really enjoyed this building session.

Music : Go by Josh Woodward – http://joshwoodward.com

Nick’s visit, wrong measurement, redo keel section with Louissanto

This video starts with a picture of me and my friend Nick, who visited my workspace. After that we went to Noordwijk to take his fireball and laser off the beach in preparation for winter. The next day I proceeded with planing one long straight 4 meter batten. After that I cut out a pattern from the first piece of hardboard that is on the lofting floor. After sawing and sanding it straight I discovered that despite many checks and measurements I somehow did not see a wrong measurement, so the pattern was not right and you can see that in the video. 🙂 So… I took a new piece of hardboard, drew the lines again, cut it out again and now it is right. My son supported me during this process. I have put the picture of Luckyfish that Stewart and Zaya have sent to me ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkHpXYj4icqUOkQZqkelyPg ) in a frame and put it in the workspace for motivation and inspiration.

Music : Aimless by Josh Woodward – http://joshwoodward.com

Drawing curved lines with a long batten

In this video I took the drawings off the wall, because the hardboard warped, but also for the reason that I want to be able to take the drawings with me to any place. Stewart from LuckyFish channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkHpXYj4icqUOkQZqkelyPg ) sent me beautiful photos of his Tiki 38 and I am going to put these photos on the walls of my workspace. He has sent them to me to keep me inspired. That was very nice and thoughtful of him. After that I used the long batten that I made the day before to draw the curved lines on the lofting floor. You can see I compared the curved lines to the straight lines that I already drew between the station points on the lofting floor. I think now I can cut the parts out of the hardboard, cut a bit outside the lines and I guess sand it to the lines. I wanted to cut the parts out of the hardboard, but I decided to think another day about it. So then I started cutting 19mm x 45mm oregon pine again. I am happy to have received much advice and suggestions. Most of the advice I am going to try to implement in the next weeks. One advice is of Sailing Unsanity is that though it is possible to build the Wharram Tiki 38 with the power tools that I already have, it is much more precise and efficient to use bigger tools (table saw, band saw, compound miter saw, table planer, upright belt/disk sander). I am looking into that right now. In another post on the Wharram Builders and Friends forum Axel mentioned a book named: The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction (free PDF download at: http://www.westsystem.com/the-gougeon-brothers-on-boat-construction/ ). I have downloaded this book and am going to read it. Another book that I recently bought and am reading is: Boatbuilding Manual by Robert M. Steward, Carl Cramer. I am also going to look into buying a bandsaw, which is according to a very nice comment by Roderick Anderson is his most indispensable tool in his workshop. Temperature in the workspace is at the moment around 10 degrees Celsius. The package of the West System epoxy says store above 10 degrees, so I have to make special insulated case with lightbulb for this or I am just going to keep my separate 6 square meters epoxy room above 10 degrees.

Music : East Side Bar by Josh Woodward – http://joshwoodward.com