Sunday, March 4, 2007

Taping and Gluing planks phase two





Thanks for the comments. Especially the one I love to hate, whoever you are. As long as I don't get heckled I'll leave them on because it is good dialogue. I want this to be professional.


Doc, no worries, I got a 9'4'' down there and its fine. Now a canoe would be out of the question!


So like my planks were dry today from the steaming and I taped the heck out of them to make sure that they didn't move while taped and all went well! I had some old dryed out masking tape that I threw on there as well just to get rid of it because it keeps tearing. I took the runners that I put on last night back off again since I got the clamps today and then flipped that puppy over. To glue it, I pulled the planks to the middle seam over the edge of the rocker table and ran a thin line of Titebond 3 down the seam. I made sure that all the wood was getting covered to be anal about the damm thing and then did the other seams on that side, then went around and did the other side. It all went nice and the seams were still tight together and hadn't returned to the warped shape. So blowing a 20W fuse last night was worth it! NOTE TO SELF: turn off most of the lighting and don't have the washer and dryer running!

I lined my new hull up on the rocker table and placed 5 or 6 battens across it and lightly tightened the C-clamps at their ends. Under the battens went some crappy saran wrap that I wanted to get rid of. With those lightly in place, I started at one end with the bar clamps and worked my way down to get 6 of those on there. I'm fairly certain that I have enough of those as long as the crappy ones don't break (which I could have easily done). Can't have enough good battens though! After all the bar clamps were on, I snugged up the battens as well and all looked nice and flat, but after about 30 minutes one of the middle planks drifted up. Good thing I caught that, so I put another batten across and got a stick and wedged the stick between the batten and my ceiling joice. But the sucka was still uneven. I loosened the bar clamps and pressed on it with a hammer handle. It went into place, but I had to coax it along every 4 inches or so. Seems well now after I tightened it back up. It was probably OK as it was anyway, but I want it to be as easy to sand as possible. Which reminds me, I wiped up the excess glue as I went with a wet rag.

It's drying Now. More tomorrow as I start the top deck or the fish skeleton frame? hmmmm
ON another note, if you are going to attempt this, I found out the my stations were a little too thick to be able to use the spring hand clamps, if you are going to use them, Use something thinner, mine are actual thickness of 1 1/4".

2 comments:

The One Most Hate to Love said...

No Heckling?Where's the fun in that? This is a very cool project. I am excited to see the progression.

Doc said...

Looks like you're well on your way...

If I recall correctly you can purchase pretty inexpensively the bar clamp ends at most hardware stores...you just have to add the bar...

And although I don't know what you're future needs will be as regards this board...I have used gravel in sacks...hefty bag, pillow case, whatever works...to hold glued up materials down and in place...pretty cheap and effective...although then you're stuck with alot of gravel...

Doc