MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Hopefully everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year by spending it with family and friends....or, if you're like me, working on your build!
It's been too long since my last post and for that I apologize. So much has happened lately in work, life and my SK build. We will be welcoming a new addition to our family this April so quite a bit of my boat build time was spent on house chores but I still managed to squeeze in a fair number of hours (usually early morning or late evening) on the boat.
I spent the end of November searching ebay for a couple old Stanley planes and managed to score an awesome No.5 and incredible No.8 for next to nothing. (i cant seem to find the before and after pictures at the moment but some light restoration was needed along with a good couple hours sharpening) But SO WORTH IT!
With my new (old) planes I started fairing and I have to say that nothing has been more enjoyable than the fairing process. I'd spend about an hour or two working the wood and then re-hone the blades on a couple high grit wet stones. Very meditative and relaxing.
After getting the keel and chines faired up I cut out all the notches for the battens and then it was time to add the sheers! Same steaming process was used that I did for the chine and it worked like a charm.
Here I am super excited to be in the shop rocking my new respirator. I'll admit that i've been terrible about consistently wearing my respirator while working on the boat but with this thing there is no reason not to. It's so comfortable, looks awesome, and has a HEPA with active carbon filtration that is good down to .1 micron!
Both laminations were bent at the same time and then left to rest for 24hrs.
Then came time for gluing, screwing and clamping! As you can see I don't have a ton of clamps and I couldn't convince my wife that I needed to buy at least 20 more, so I ended up making my own with screws and some scrap oak! I highly recommend this if you're in a pinch and need a few more clamps
Today I spent some time just tidying up the shop and admiring how far I've come. While it might not win any awards (especially compared to the amazing work some of you have done) I'm really falling in love with this boat and cannot get enough of the process!
Once we get back from a quick holiday vacation I'll be tackling the last bit of fairing and sanding and then hopefully I can get going on planking!!! I plan on sanding, encapsulating, and then maybe painting almost everything (mainly the lower sections of the frames) prior to planking. Any advice on things I should start thinking about before I start?