Monday, March 27, 2017

More Documenting the Construction Process

Thinking Ahead

I have spent a lot of time planning, tweaking, designing and building my boat in my head—long before I pick up any wood. In this example, I happened to have recently read a Chapman Piloting and Seamanship chapter on compass use. So I used brass fasteners (to minimize magnetic interference that might occur with the stainless steel fasteners I use in the rest of the boat) in the area where I plan to put a bulkhead-mounted compass.

Building the Cabin Trunk

Since I am building Kingsfold pretty-much all alone, and using epoxy, it is imperative that I dry-fit (install in place with screws but NO adhesives) all assemblies prior to gluing. I use clamps a lot to keep parts in their proper positions. Then when I am ready, I use finish nails, strategically placed in screw holes, to keep the parts aligned once I've coated the surfaces with epoxy and am ready to begin screwing the sections together. In the case of the cabin trunk, I added cable ties to extend the length of the clamps and temporarily sew them to the plywood. This made it possible to lift the entire bent plywood assembly and position it in place in the deck. I also used five sticks to align the bottom edge of the trunk with the bottom edge of the deck stringer.
After gluing the roof stringers to the upper edge of the trunk and allowing the epoxy to cure awhile, I cut notches and dry-fit the rafter chocks for the rafters. I marked the curves and my daughter cut them out on the bandsaw in the wood shop of her school.
Here are some detail shots.
This is how a built the aft corners. I am not recommending you follow my example, but I am content with what I did.
And the epoxied cabin trunk, ready to have the roof attached.