cracker box - is born

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by Benj269 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:02 am

slug wrote:Think that may be tape that he stapled through.
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That makes more sense. If you zoom in they kind of look like shoelaces.

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:32 am

Yes you are correct, those are laces that I stapled through using an air T-50. Makes it easier to remove the steel staples without damaging the surface of my Mahogany boards.

When I laminate I always cover both surfaces with epoxy then screed one side with a mixture of epoxy and adhesive fillers using a 1/8" v-notch trowel. I use a foam roller to spread my epoxy, its faster and I get more even coverage.
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:29 pm

Progress as of March 5, 2017 - sanding... and sanding some more... lines are looking very nice

Sanding board I made to eliminate high and low spots, incredible shoulder workout, I could only do about two hours a day before my body shut down.
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by Ibrew2be » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:35 pm

Andy, your boat is really looking good. What are you thinking in terms of paint and stain colour?

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by Toopilot » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:50 am

Andy,
Your boat is looking awesome. I think I have finally settled on the same boat. I will be purchasing plans this coming week. I also have access to a CNC machine and am pumped you did the same. Looking forward to your progress.
Thanks,
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Thu May 18, 2017 6:36 am

Ibrew2be wrote:Andy, your boat is really looking good. What are you thinking in terms of paint and stain colour?

Barry
Tks Barry

I haven't made any final decisions regarding staining or not.
I will most likely keep the finish clear, the mahogany is already quite dark when epoxies.
As for the bottom paint the colour possibilities are numerous... undecided, thinking I will know a bit more once I make my final decision for the interior color choice for the seat and side padding.

... by the way I am still sanding

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Thu May 18, 2017 6:48 am

Toopilot wrote:Andy,
Your boat is looking awesome. I think I have finally settled on the same boat. I will be purchasing plans this coming week. I also have access to a CNC machine and am pumped you did the same. Looking forward to your progress.
Thanks,
Tim
Tks Tim

Awesome to have another crackerbox build.
I am always amazed to see the work on this forum of other boats, the level of craftsmanship coming from people of all kinds of disciplines blows me away.
Enjoy the ride, for me it's a retirement project with no delivery date... fun fun

Feel free to pick my brain. I am not a professional boat builder but my skills and background definitely help.

Andre

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by skidd » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:24 am

Hello Andre. My name is Steve and I too am building a cracker box. (my first time ever building a boat). Yours looks beautiful by the way. I have most of the frame work done and am getting ready for the bottom sheeting. How much of the stem and chine did you need to fair in order to get the plywood to fit properly? When I stand back and look at mine I cant see how you can bend the wood enough to get a smooth rounded bow. I will try to get some pics later. Thanks.

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Post by andycap » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:30 am

skidd wrote:Hello Andre. My name is Steve and I too am building a cracker box. (my first time ever building a boat). Yours looks beautiful by the way. I have most of the frame work done and am getting ready for the bottom sheeting. How much of the stem and chine did you need to fair in order to get the plywood to fit properly? When I stand back and look at mine I cant see how you can bend the wood enough to get a smooth rounded bow. I will try to get some pics later. Thanks.
Hi Steve... you will surely enjoy the journey. My build started after I retired; I have done most of the work alone so far except for when a third and fourth hand was needed.
Tks for the generous compliment; your boat will undoubtedly be a beaut as well, just take your time and think it through, do your research and read lots on other builds, cause it sure has helped me see things diffently at times or even solutions to difficult situations. if I remember correctly I laminated three 1/2" pieces for my chine log and gave myself enough material at the transom end to trim after. (dry fit your material as shown on page 2 - as mentioned on the forum page, I moved my frame to my own garage at this point - no epoxy was used yet)
- read up on the " fairing process" cause this is a critical part in having your ply lay properly / solidly against the supporting members and not the actual frames
Hope this helps you Steve.

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by North » Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:10 am

Just a quick note to say the boat looks awesome so far - can't wait to see it as you progress further.
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:50 pm

North wrote:Just a quick note to say the boat looks awesome so far - can't wait to see it as you progress further.
Darrell
I do appreciate the kind words Darrel... tks

I see your keeping yourself busy as well, one step at a time... I say...

I myself, take baby steps; i will get there; the water that is !!!

Cheers Sir

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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:04 am

Its been awhile since I've posted.

I been holding off since the word came out that photobucket was charging for its use.

Took me all morning to fix all my photos that I had previously uploaded.


PS - Tks Paul - yes Mr Hot Rod himself encouraging me to upload my new pics on the forum.
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:19 am

This was where I lost the rest of hair.

All went well after doing my full engine and drivetrain mockup a second time to confirm all my measurements.
I must have measured at least a half dozen times. took my time while drilling and lubricating my strut bearing with dish soap making sure to let the hole saw cut without to much pressure.
I figured the less pressure would ensure a straighter bore hole; ended up with less than 1/8" of center. Straightened it using a used handle from a snow scraper I had laying around and of similar diameter. Attached 60 grit sandpaper with adhesive backing and didn't stop sanding until shaft hole was in perfect alignment.
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:36 am

Heres a few pics of my hydraulic rudder system that I will be installing

Both rudder bracket and hydraulic cylinder brackets where designed/drawn by myself. Machined ouf of 1" billet aluminum plate and 1/2 thick aluminum angle. (both in 2024 aluminum) These are unique custom pieces.

- these pics are a little out of sink, this prep work was done in the spring/summer 2019
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Re: cracker box - is born

Post by andycap » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:01 am

Stain applied to mahogany.. another milestone

Quite a few sample boards (swatches) where made to check for color and west system epoxy compatibility prior to choosing the final stain.

Stain that I used is a Minwax gel wipping stain - 605 mahogany

Timeline early june 2018
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