Possibly you are thinking of Paul Miller he had a red Tornado.
Ah, that's probably it - my mistake! I think the only logical course of action at this stage is to build both the Tornado and the Rampage at the same time, for comparison purposes of course
- but it sounds like you know what you want to do which is awesome! We'll have to cruise the Trent Severn or similar one day when they're both finally done...I'd race you to get in the water first, but I've got an 8 (???) year head start! (At least, I think it's
I do all my veneer work with Raptor composite stuff - can't afford a vacuum system and the stuff needed for it, and honestly after using the Raptors for the bottom I don't know why you'd ever want anything else anyways.They're pretty much perfect for the application. I wonder if there's a way to search for Ontario / close by users on the forum and see who all we could get out? A "Gathering North"
Well, two days into my "weekend off" and I've done nothing but work on the boat, the weather has been terrible. On the bright side, I've made lots of progress! Key points are that the dash plate for the gauges is (almost) ready to go, the sub decking is now permanently part of the hull, and the first strips of veneer are on (much more will come tomorrow). I also finally managed to kill a tool - my belt sander, the very first tool I got when I started this project, finally lost it's drive belt today. Still debating if I should try to find a replacement belt or buy a new one...I guess we'll see how the mood strikes me tomorrow when I go to grab more sanding belts at the hardware store.
I managed to take 40 pictures between the two days so, for the full story, head to the facebook album at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 410d0be633
and keep scrolling until you get to the last 40 pictures
A few highlights:
Cut out the hole for the metal dash plate.
Two shots of the metal plate mocked in. I'm getting a friend of mine to machine the holes and leave some cool designs on the plate before it gets mounted permanently.
I had to both cut through the dash and dash beam, as well as pocket into the dash beam even further so that there would be a "lip" for things to mount on. This was surprisingly tough - I needed a scroll saw, hole saw, skinny hand saw, and power filer to get it all done...but it turned out. It's not that pretty from behind, but doesn't need to be - and once I mount everything, all the gaps will get filled with either epoxy or sikaflex.
With the dash taken care of, everything mocked in in earlier weeks, and the whole inside encapsualted and sikaflexed, it was time to get the deck on! Step 1 - protecting the sides, thanks to some (Free!!!) plastic wrap I got from Paul at Noahs.
The front half went on painlessly - no issues at all. The dash also got protection thanks to some wax paper and painters tape.
Tried to build up this panel with thickened epoxy...it sort of worked. I haven't lapped the joints on the underside because it's a very short span and gets lapped on the top by the (1/8") veneer, as well as multiple coats of epoxy...but I'll likely end up sticking a reinforcing member underneath it at some point with epoxy.
The back panels are on, and that completes the decking! I will say however - the back did not go on lightly. All of that test fitting had effectively stripped some screw holes, and had countersunk others to the point that they no longer held the plywood. It was *very* tough to get it to bend near the rear corners enough to mount flush...but we managed to pull it off by re drilling some holes, using larger and longer screws, etc etc.
Progress shot from day 1 - got a heck of a lot done!
Day 2 started with me trying to get the white ash highlight strips that will run along the sheer line to fit the curve - they were about 10 inches off in the middle if the ends were correct. It was very important to me to get them "pre bent" because once I ripped the 7/8" square section into the thinner veneer strips - which would be 7/8 wide but only ~3/16" tall - they would never take the bend without twisting and trying to take it about the "skinny" axis, if that makes any sense at all.
I ended up using this *very* simple jig to hold the ash in a bent form while I poured boiling water on it every ~30 mins. Think of it as a sort of poor man's steam bend. See lower below for the results (spoiler alert - it worked!).
While the strip was getting accustomed to it's new shape, I prepped the rest of the subdecking for veneering. Which basically means sanding...and lots of it.
A few hours later, the sides were perfectly straight, and the top was perfectly flat!
The last step was ripping all of my veneer "sheets" (~6" wide) into "strips (~1.4" wide - the extra .1" is for the kerf of the table saw blade). You can see a few "un ripped" ones on the right, and then the ripped ones in the boat. The skinny, brighter strips between the two are some more white ash accent strips, but straight ones for other parts of the boat.
The big reveal...the bending worked! When all was said and done, there was only about 2" left in the middle...around 80% less than before. This meant I could rip it on the table saw and negotiate the last little bit of the bend without too much trouble...
And there they are, the first two strips of the top veneer on the boat! It still took quite a bit of cursing and effort to get them to follow the curve exactly, and quite a few raptors, but they're on the boat now and the rest of the deck only gets easier. I will point out that, while raptors are awesome, they do not have as much "side ways" strength as metal fasteners. In other words, they hold things down
just as well...but not in a curve. The other issue I noticed the first time I tried to put those strips on were that the hardened epoxy from filling the screw holes on the top of the plywood would not pass raptors - they'd just snap and not penetrate. So, only use raptors into fresh wood...not hardened epoxy!
That's it for today. Saturday is supposed to be rainy again, but might be too cold to epoxy - yes, you read that right, it's August and it might drop below 10 C! Either way I'm hoping to get the rest of the deck veneered this weekend...I might even try staining it but I'm still worried about getting the right concentration after last weekend, so I might hold off until I do some more tests.
Take care everyone!