The July 4th Holiday weekend was fairly productive, and I transformed my workshop for the next portions of the build.
On Day One, I took down the "sanding tent" I had been using since I started in November.
It had served me well for the assembly and finishing of the frames and components, but the boat is going to be longer than that garage stall, so it was time to move out. I tossed the 2 10x25 thick visqueen sheets, which had been torn and re-taped several times during construction.
I was able to salvage most of the PVC piping that made up the skeleton of the tent(and threw them up in the rafters for future use).
Wrestling with gorilla-taped plastic sheeting all around you in the 105-degree temperatures was GREAT! Can't you tell how happy I am to be out? At least I was "fighting in the shade" with my COVID beard.
I also went through all of the scrap (I hadn't really thrown anything away), and parted with a lot of plywood scraps, and some Sapele scraps that were just too small or thin to make bungs out of. Plenty of consolidation, organization of consumables, tools, etc.
Day 2 was finally time to build the set-up rack for assembly. I went and picked up mostly 2x8 SPF for framing.
I had studied lots of other builder's designs, went with something strong, yet able to put casters on for mobility in the shop (once everything has been leveled, squared, plumbed, trued and braced).
I had been pondering this part in my head for months, but JUST STARTED ALREADY and it came together relatively quickly with only a few course corrections.
With the casters, the build is only about 2" taller than the recommended 33" in height.
On Day 3, which was only a half-day because of the heat (111 degrees yesterday) and family time, I couldn't resist mocking it all up. Forget the notches (though some were completed), no attaching, let's get a preview:
First the motor stringers:
Then delicately balance the transom and lay the (open) frame 2 . . .
What the heck, let's get them all on there!
That's Transom through 6, how about the stem and frame 7?
It's starting to look like it's vaguely boat-shaped! And that's a wrap on the weekend! More to follow (but it'll be 114 later this week, so I'll be trying to take it easy).