Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chilly with a chance of Sandinsanity

I know, I know, I said I was done working on the boat for the season but due to the insistence of my pal, Peter, we went back into the shed for some Sandinsanity fun. Now, Peter had a boat shed. He misses his boat shed. He loves my boat shed and I'm willing to share it with him. He's had a rough go the last 5 months or so, so a chance to hang out in the boat shed and do some sanding is 'Therapy' for him. Who am I to deny him his 'Therapy'.

The temp outside and inside the shed was a balmy -5C. According to Peter this is a prime sanding temperature. Who am I to argue with the Master. After a minor repair to get the cabin roof back up on the side of the shed he immediately got to sanding inside the boat. He even brought his own sander & sandpaper! Bonus!

Personally I prefer slightly warmer temps for this type of activity but Peter seemed to be 'totally in his element' sanding away at -5C. It was only after an hour or so that I managed to get him to take a break for some MRD (Meals Ready to Drink). One must keep the Master Sander nourished & hydrated in these cold temps.

Chilled to absolute perfection these MRD's gave up their sustenance to fuel the sanding frenzy that was in the boat shed that day.  :-)

Season 3, Episode 1 of "BS from the Boat Shed" starring Peter Lenihan as the Master Sander! It's a long rambling video but I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Got Tape?

Got my tape order in.

L to R. 17 oz 8" 125 yrds (Great Lakes Skipper), 6 oz 6", 9 oz 6" & 2X 9 oz 6" fresh from!

That is all.


Monday, October 6, 2014

That's a wrap 2014

I've come to the conclusion I can't use this wood flour to make good fillets or epoxy glue so I'm going to call it quits for the season. The stuff just turns to much mush like porridge you used to hate as a kid.
It leaves such a deep texture I'd be sanding forever to get them fair enough to lay glass over top. I'll wait till spring till I have proper materials and can do it correctly with the tapes going over wet fillets.

So it's time to get my ATT renewed and shoot some targets.  :-)

Keep looking back. I'll post some things I'll be working on over the winter.  I'd like to thank everyone who visited our blog this year and all the great feedback. Your participation is appreciated greatly.

Cheers and see you in the spring!

Your's Aye!

Rick & Lori

Sunday, October 5, 2014

All things not being created equal

or so it appears at least in the wood flour world. Being the eternal cheap skate (remember the 'squeeze the nickle & make the beaver shit thing?) that I am I picked up 12.5 lbs of wood flour off of eBay for cheap. I saved about 50% over retail. So far so good. Well as you would have it not all wood flours are created equal. Some are better. Some are worse. This last purchase wasn't so good.
It's more like wood pulp like they make paper out of. I don't know if it's a higher moisture content than normal or what but it won't screen through my wire strainer. It just balls up into little clumps. I bought a 'Cake Boss' four sifter and it won't go through that either. This type may require special processing tools or something that I don't have.
I was able to get a few batches of it mixed up into glue. I'll let them cure then sand them down a bit to see if they're going to be Ok. There might be some small voids in the mix but I'm not sure till I sand them down to see what's going on inside the fillets.
You can see the fillets in the pic above. They're the lighter coloured ones. It took about 20 oz of epoxy glue just to do the stem! Wasn't fun standing on my head trying to glue in the bow thruster tube either! :-(

I'll show you basically how I mix my glue for fillets. I'm still perfecting the process but it goes pretty much like this....
 When we started out building the boat we used 'Pecan Flour' as a filler for our epoxy glue. Here's Lori filling the kerfs on the outside of the hull using the pecan flour filler.
It is really really nice stuff to work with and gives you a nice chocolate brown colour. It would be perfect for any one wanting to do a brightwork finish in a dark colour. When sanded it lightens up a bit but still very nice. The only problem wit pecan flour is it's become very expensive due to cross-country shipping. Once we get to the inside work it might be worth the extra cost to get some more.
We mixed almost all of the pecan flour epoxy glue with old electric mixers Lori got from yard sales & auctions for $2 each!  :-)  It was a little messy though trying to scoop it all out of the bowl and into plastic bags. The method I'm using now and you've see above is less wasteful.

Before I move on to filleting the keel I have to make a part for the very back of the keel and glue it in. While that's setting I'll sand down the existing hard fillets and get ready for taping.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How much effort is involved

I often get asked how much effort is involved in building your own boat. My usual answer is 'twice as much as you think'. In reality it's likely even more. Doing it on your own requires a lot more pre-planning and I don't find myself doing a lot of that. In reality I usually end up figuring it out once I step into the boat. Such was the case this morning.
I had very little wood flour and Cabosil (thickeners used to make epoxy glue) left to work with. Having a look around I really needed to do the fillets along the chine and finish one joint with tape.
Using up the last of my supplies I managed to get about 25' of fillet done. The joint that needs to be taped got a little extra thick stuff to fill the small gaps that remained from when it was glued while the panels were on the strongback.
This is one of two joints that I fixed the day before yesterday. They turned out ok. A few small bubbles that'll need to be ground out and fixed.
A little closer. They're good to go now I think. There'll be three layers of glass go over all of these joints next spring. 

I made a video today, 20 mins unedited to illustrate the amount of effort that goes into taping just one joint.
I'm sure there are better ways but this is the one that seems to work for me. I'm not a very neat worker and there's epoxy flying everywhere. Hopefully I'l improve on that. It's been quite awhile since I last taped a joint on the boat! :-) That's my excuse so I'll stick with it. 

So now I'm right out of materials. I've got no wood flour or Cabosil but they're on order and should be in by Friday. I'm very low on tape and have to wait a few days to order more. The weather's cooling down a bit which in one way is good it gives you more time to work with the epoxy (medium hardener) and bad in others as it takes a lot longer for the epoxy to cure. Oh well, that's life.