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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:34 pm
by denbrlr
The keel lamination is done (except for the epoxy drying :) ). Per the instructions, I am laminating the keel before installation. Having a lot of clamps sure helps with this. I found them on clearance and I am glad I have them.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:42 am
by mrintense
I remember when I started getting to this point. I found the Harbor Freight clamps at $4.00 each to be a great price and they are decent quality. I made it a point to purchase 10 at a time every pay day for a couple of months and they definitely came in handy. So far, 6 years later , I've only lost two of them to failure and one of those was having a unusual amount of epoxy end up on the threads and impossible to clean off. Cut partially through a third with the skill saw, but its still strong enough to use for most applications.

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:50 pm
by denbrlr
I understand how you could lose some to epoxy. I have had to get smarter about avoiding getting epoxy on them but it is relatively early in my build so we will see how many make it to the end :lol:

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:18 pm
by denbrlr
The keel and first chine lams have been dry fitted and the are ready for epoxy. I originally ordered six inch carriage bolts for the keel to stem junction but you have to countersink them so then that makes them too long. I thought the plans called for six inch but I double checked and they don't specify the length :oops: 3/8 inch bronze bolts makes for some pricey scrap :) I am now waiting for five inch bolts to arrive.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:53 pm
by denbrlr
The plans call for nails for the first chine lamination but I am going to use screws. I don't like the idea of banging on the boat with a hammer. Also, you can dry fit with screws. You surely can't do that with ring shank nails. Those things don't come out after you drive them.

I decided to go ahead and epoxy my sheer clamps now by using the boat as a holder before I epoxy the keel. Now I have to find a place to store them until I use them :| I probably will hang them above somehow.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:52 am
by mrintense
denbrlr wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:18 pm
The keel and first chine lams have been dry fitted and the are ready for epoxy. I originally ordered six inch carriage bolts for the keel to stem junction but you have to countersink them so then that makes them too long. I thought the plans called for six inch but I double checked and they don't specify the length :oops: 3/8 inch bronze bolts makes for some pricey scrap :) I am now waiting for five inch bolts to arrive.

Lee
Lee, thread the nuts onto the shaft of the bolts past the point where you want the length to be, cut off the extra with a hack saw and then thread the nuts back off to clean up the threads. A small touch with the file will clean up any burrs afterwards.

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:24 pm
by denbrlr
The keel is epoxied/fastened :) (Carl, I had already ordered five inch bronze carriage bolts but thank you for the thought)

I am ready to epoxy/fasten the first lam of the chines. I used my cross line laser level to confirm my stem is still in position.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:49 pm
by denbrlr
The chine first lams are done and so is the second chine lam on the starboard side. I was trying to dry fit the first sheer lam and almost made some expensive firewood :shock: because of the tight bend towards the bow. I didn't think I was going to have a problem making this bend but I was wrong. I am going to try the boiling water technique.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:58 pm
by denbrlr
The boiling water technique worked great for the sheer clamps :) The port sheer is dry fitted :) I am relieved that this worked so well because I was worried how I was going to make this bend. My lumber is Honduran mahogany and it is pretty nice wood. It almost didn't need hot water to make the bend but it helped. My first attempt had a partial knot in a critical section (which I didn't notice of course :? ) and I think that contributed by my earlier issue.

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:56 am
by footer
I broke three chines before I realized my boards had tiny, pin head sized knots. I went with a straight grained white oak that I steamed and it went great.
Your boat is looking great.

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:03 am
by denbrlr
Thank you. So far, I have avoided breaking anything but I suppose there are a lot of days to go...:)

Lee

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:54 am
by neel thompson
Everything looks great Lee.. I think the sheer is the toughest bend you will have to make, so you are home free (as far as severe bending goes). Pretty soon you will be at the "fairing stage" of the frame structure... That is so much fun !!! You will love every minute of it

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:34 pm
by Hercdrvr
I’m with Neel on fairing, it’s fun.
Matt B

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:50 pm
by hoodman
I had a sheer break two days after it was permanently epoxied on. Really gotta watch the grain in that area.

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:08 pm
by denbrlr
Thank you Neel. I am almost done with the sheer notches on the port side then it is on to the starboard side. I probably won't epoxy the first lam of the port sheer until I get the notches done on the starboard side. We will see though. It is tempting to start permanently attaching the sheers because those lines help it look more like a boat :) but I am hoping for no breaky of the sheers :)

I have a lot of batten notches to cut after the sheers but I am looking forward to the fairing because that will be another key milestone.

Lee