Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Clamp blocks, I made up Around 50 of them.
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Thanks Daryl.... Good idea... There has been a lot of discussion here on the forum about the Raptor stapler and brad nailer. I have had, and used both for many years and not a fan of either. I do use them for certain things, but not for mahogany planking.. I'm happy to hear you are having good success with the brad nailer. Maybe they have fixed the problems.

Gayle... Yes, you have the correct address. Every piece of mahogany for "Scooter" came from there. She did say something to me once that they also deliver. I am close enough that I never had to consider delivery.

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Where I want to use mahogany as opposed to sapele, or if I need pieces custom cut, I have used Starke Lumber. Very nice and easy to work with.
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We're still happily married, but now she just wants "the dam boat out of the garage."

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Yes mate, I am also aware of the issues with the raptors. This particular gun is an Italian item which works a lot better in my opinion.

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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I have finished planking the bottom and transom. I have started to shape and fit the first row along the sheer on both sides. I like to start at the sheer and work my way up to the chine. Before gluing a row in place, I roughly shape the next row above it, allowing extra wood for final fitting top and bottom. Then I slide that row in under the clamped row below it and draw a line. Then I go to my sanding station and sand to the pencil line on the bottom of the plank. Then I do final fitting with the sander and planes. After getting a nice joint, I mark the top and sand to that line. Then I keep repeating the steps. I have a Home Depot Rigid oscillating sanding station that I swear by. Using 80 grit paper on the belt, I can accurately sand to a thin pencil line. I set up a 6' folding table on each side of the sander for sanding long planks. There are many ways to scribe and plank these boats, but I have had good results doing it this way.

I will miss seeing everyone this year at the Gathering, but I will be there next year for sure.....

Neel
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Great techniques, there’s nothing fast or easy about getting those planks on with clean lines. Nice work.

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Matt.....It is a slow process for sure but. for some reason, I really enjoy working with mahogany rather than plywood. When I built my Gentry, I planked it with 1/8" material. I am now working with 1/4' material which doubles the degree of difficulty. I have stretched the limit of my imagination in coming up with alternative ways to clamp the planks in areas where there are compound curves. In those areas the staples won't hold the thicker boards in place. The most challenging areas are the bottom around the bow and the first two rows of side planking at the bow (going up from the sheer). The bottom is finished and the side planking at the bow area seems not to be as bad as I anticipated. See you next September and requesting a ride in the BB..

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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1/4” is going to argue with you at the bow. I used 3/16” for my planking and had to drive steel screws in some places to hold while the glue dried. You’ll get there.
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Beautiful work as always Neel. I sure am glad you decided to keep building the boat.
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Looks really good!
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Thanks Matt, Carl, and Jim,,,, Using quarter inch planking sure makes the process very challenging. I did manage to get the first row on both sides (I started at the sheer). Very slow going to get it right, but enjoyable non the less..... Neel

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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I have glued the first layer on both sides and have been working on the second. There are three planks on that layer. On the starboard side, I have glued one and fitted the other two. On the port side I have fitted the plank at the bow and am working on fine tuning the second and third plank. Each row is a little easier than the one before as the compound curves ease, and are less severe. To get really nice joints along the planks and at the end joints, it takes lots of time. A little off here and a little off there until things look tight. Actually I would much rather be in Tennessee !!
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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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Looking good Neel :)

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Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Neel. Maybe I'll veneer the next boat. We missed you and Craig this weekend!
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