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This is the beginning of the progress on my Riviera named Maiden of Montana but will read as Maid~N~Montana....its either catchy or cheesy :?
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I used fir for motor stringers which where not my first choice but where accessible and inexpensive and overall I believe will hold up fine. In 3 years I see no cupping, checking or twisting and once encapsulated will resist water within reason.
Quarter sawn white oak for frames with aluminum clips.
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I will continue at a fast pace so as not to bore those who are interested.
Pic of scarf jig and so on.
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lotsa clamps....btw I used West Systems epoxy
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Somewhere along the line I connected with Neel and have conversed just before tackling the next step. Very helpful and always available.
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Finishing the chines and shears and upon fairing I started planking.....this was probably getting close to 9 months time but really only 100 or so hours ( I do not have my calendar handy) I routed my limbers beforehand.
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More planking
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More planking
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Lots more planking as a matter of fact I put one more layer on the sides than most people do from what I have read.
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that "most" safety precautions are being followed :roll:
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About this time I had a distraction that requires time and money and so my already slow progress really has gotten slower and without referencing my calendar I figure its been close to 2 years and 200 hours (just a guess). More planking and this is where I would like to share with everyone that I found a "pinner" as I call them (pneumatic brad gun) that just so happens to shoot "raptor" nylon brads.
This was bought at Harbor Freight for $20 dollars and I used it to pin the last two layers of planking!!!
Please understand that I only used it for the 5/8ths inch brads and the easily penetrated the 3/16ths inch African Mahogany veneer and the 4 mm okume ply (I think earlier I said 3mm).
The brads would penetrate the white oak occasionally but I had a high failure rate. I was and am still excited about saving $200 and figured that I could by 10 guns if needed to get through the job. The first one did it, but one must keep it very clean.
Also I must mention that when the manager was not looking I disabled both safety features for ease of use :D
I will post a picture in the next few posts.
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Veneer!!!!
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planking
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veneer planking
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At first with the bottom veneer I tried to fit pieces together by routing which did not go to well so I just talked myself into the fact that using a palm-sized hand planer was how it was going to happen...and it did...slowly!
The sides were spiled to the best of my ability and after several discussions with Neel.
I got away with using quite wide planking which I am just not sure if that was the way to go as it gives more noticeable butt joints. Overall I think the longitudinal seams are good but some have a 1/32nd inch glue line at places :(
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So here is a pic of the box and of the actual gun. It survived! Like I said it did the job but loading was somewhat meticulous and had to be done in the middle of a layups because it is almost impossible to load more than one strip of brads at a time. One must hold them in place as they close the slide on the gun. The other problem is you do not want to get epoxy in the slide mechanism or... well....it glues shut!
As messy as I am I was capable of keeping this from happening. A real good cleanup is important between each batch!!!
I spoke with a gentleman at Raptor and he was actually excited that I may have found another gun that shoots his composites. He said they would make more money selling more fasteners if it were the case.
He actually bought one to test and decided it had too high of a failure rate (I believe he was testing on solid oak). I told him that it would easily shoot the small brads through the ply and veneer I was using.
I didn't use their staples and was not interested in checking if the stapler would shoot them.
I wanted to shoot these brads and it worked well for me. $20 heck ya!
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