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Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:14 am
by Bill Edmundson
My work cost a bag of sausage & biscuits. And, I even got to expense those.

Bill

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:32 pm
by TomB
Bill, I tried the sausage & biscuits. The cop at the gate thanked me and sent me home, maybe he's a donut guy. :lol: :lol:

Added another hole, this one for the prop shaft.
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I was concerned about drift while cutting the hole with a forstner bit so a hole saw was used. I used a long bit the same size as the hole saw pilot bit to drill all the way through and let the hole saw ride the small hole all the way through, no drift. :) :) The hole is mostly end grain, what a pain chopping out the waste.

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:31 pm
by TomB
Sanding is fun...it is very technical...not everybody can do it...keep telling yourself that Tom :roll:

A photo today and a photo a week ago look the same, except for the orange dust everywhere. I've been around the hull twice using a 6" RO, an air file, and a long board. My digimeter is old but really effective, I run my fingers over what looks finished and find a few more high spots sand some more until the digimeter says its done.

I am going around again with the long board looking for anything I missed and sanding with the grain. Sanding is fun...blah, blah, blah.

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:12 pm
by TomB
As a break from sanding...

I like the idea of lining the prop shaft hole with fiberglass so decided to make a tube for the job.

A paper towel core wrapped with packing tape (just slightly smaller than the 1 3/4" shaft hole) was used for a mandrel. I cut a scrap of cloth big enough to make a couple of wraps around the tube and wetted it out on a sheet of wax paper.
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After the epoxy jelled, I gently wrapped it around the tube, squeezing the air bubble out as I went. After the epoxy cured, the paper mandrel was removed - fiberglass tube!
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And it fits! :D :D
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Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:27 pm
by TomB
After sanding I dyed/darkened the boards that were too light. There was a lot of trial and error, the dye soaked in with a lot of variability leaving the boards blotchy. Sanding and alcohol evened things out. I also fabricated the spray rails.
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Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:37 pm
by TomB
Two board seem a little lighter with the epoxy than they did with just dye or alcohol.
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The bottom now has 6 oz. cloth, 3 coats of epoxy on the sides and 5 coats on the bottom (including wet out).
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Getting closer to paint and varnish.

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:03 pm
by Hercdrvr
Very nice looking hull,
Matt B

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:00 pm
by hoodman
That looks incredible. I wouldn't worry about the variability in the color of the planks. It's just the way wood is.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:22 am
by neel thompson
Nice job Tom.... I hope I get to see the finished product someday... Maybe in Tennessee ?

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:52 pm
by TomB
Thanks Matt and Matt.

I expected the "pop" of wood grain from the epoxy on wood, the wet look. What I didn't expect was for planks below the chines to stay dark while a couple of planks from the same board went light. It didn't bother me enough to sand off the epoxy and re-dye.

Thanks Neel, I hope to see the finished product some day too! I went to do a little epoxy touch-up and the last bottle of resin was empty. I wonder who used the last of the resin and didn't order more. :oops: Tennessee is part of the plan, hoping to get on the dance card for a ride on the PB.

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:10 pm
by Bill Edmundson
Tom
I want to see you at the Gathering, too! Not too bad a pull for you. Almost all interstate.

Bill

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:16 pm
by mrintense
Wow, really nice Tom. Really nice indeed. Another stunner in the making.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:40 pm
by TomB
A drive from Michigan is easy. If people are coming from "down under", my excuses are weak. Bill just wants me there as a good example of a bad example :lol: :lol:

Thanks Carl, the kind words keep me going.

Tom

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:03 pm
by kens
hoodman wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:00 pm
That looks incredible. I wouldn't worry about the variability in the color of the planks. It's just the way wood is.
I'm onboard with that also.
it looks like you already got the wood grain to 'pop' and this is only a computer pic.
I would like to see that up close and at the Gathering.

Re: Tom's Tahoe

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:28 pm
by hoodman
These boats look great in pictures and even better in person.