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  1. Hi All I was wondering if anyone has had any experience of planking using the ships waterline as a datum. I’ve nearly finished the first layer of planking and was thinking about using two different woods for the second layer. It would be nice if I could make the transition of the different woods on the waterline as this is a working RC boat. My initial thoughts are that it would change how I lined out the planking but then my mind started working far too hard for its own good and I started finding issues that maybe just aren’t there. Hence my question to the forum. If you have any thoughts I would be very grateful and I was thinking about using Castello boxwood on the keel changing to Pear at the waterline. Thanks all - Mark
  2. Hi andante there is no definitive answer to your question that I know of. My current build has the garboard strake as the same width as the following planks as it just so happened that it worked that way. The best way to discover its width is to place the next plank out from the garboard strake and see how this fits running from stem to stern. It also needs to be parallel to the keel so that all of the following planks are also parallel. Its at this point you can see just how wide your garboard plank needs to be bearing in mind that it also fits into the keel rabbet and must fill the gap between. Some builders will say that this is working backwards but it works for me.
  3. John you missed out a third group mate and they are "All the gear and no idea"...............oh hang on a minute that's me 😂..............I'll get my coat 😜
  4. T'aint a hobby if you hurry - russ that has got to be one of the best bits of advice I've ever read I really like that
  5. Now thats more like it mate it seems to rise a little which is ok, and you could lessen this if you like but there's really no need from what I can see. As you lay the following planks just taper them so that you keep the rise at the stem to a bare minimum. Just remember that when you do taper planks the minimum width should be no less that half of the original plank width. Good luck!
  6. Hi Frank maybe this will help. Have a look at the garboard plank in this example. You will see just how early it finishes at the bow. If it didn’t then the following planks would just start pointing upward at the stem. Also just to let you know I think that plank was about my 6th attempt before I got it where I wanted it. So just keep going mate and it’ll all come right with practice. Never be embarrassed to ask a question - it’s the only way we learn
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    Sanding and wicking - related issues?

    I like to put the sand paper around a 20mm round dowel when doing this job. If you place the handle end without the sand paper on against the proceeding bulkhead and move it up and down rather than across it cuts a nice edge. You will also not be removing any wood from the bulkhead which the handle is on it simply acts as a guide whilst the sanding end shapes your intended bulkhead. I have found this to be a precise way which gives you a lot of control too.
  8. Hi Bob I must confess that the cost of shipping to the UK is very high and then of course we have to pay import tax too. So I thought the best thing to do was order one of everything and just get it done. So I’ve basically ordered everything. I thought that my wife would have a fit but she’s been the complete opposite. No doubt this will cost me many pairs of shoes as recompense but I’m fine with that. Wait till she finds out I want the thickness sander too!
  9. I just wanted to thank everyone that has contributed to this and the many other threads on Jim Byrnes table saw. I have found them to be be extremely helpful and on the back of this I have taken the plunge and ordered a table saw from Jim and Donna. These threads will no doubt make my first uses much more productive and a lot more safer too. I hope to make some contributions once I'm up and running.
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    UK Timber Suppliers

    Just a note to say that yesterday I received some wood that I ordered from Timberline in Kent. I ordered some pear and boxwood and the quality is really nice. It should be very easy to mill as it came straight and sanded and the grain and colours are lovely.
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    Wood Storage Idea

    Hi Bob this is exactly what I do - I use 4" PVC waste pipe with a stop on the end. Having said that I think that Arts solution is the same but far cheaper and easier too.
  12. Hi - Here's a link that will explain how to use cloth and resin successfully. I use the roller method and although the instructions are a bit wordy, once you get going its actually very easy to do. I always use isopropyl alcohol between coats to take the "fat" off of the set resin. It works well for me and gives a glass like finish ready for painting. The instructions are for an aircraft but the process is identical for hulls. https://www.bucks-composites.com/how-to-do/guide-to-surface-finishing I hope this helps and good luck Edit - I should have said; use epoxy resin not fibreglass resin as the fumes are a lot less and its far easier and less messy to work with.
  13. Hi B - The issue is not your filler its your technique. I always use a two pack auto type filler which adheres to wood very well but is harder than the actual wood. Just apply your filler in very thin layers and build up slowly to the level you require with light sanding in between. Yes it is time consuming but hey its about the building not the how rapidly you can achieve the shape that you want. Thin layers and patience is the way to go and you will achieve your goal. Also use a block for your abrasives - it will give you a flatter result. Good luck mate!
  14. I think that you have done a lovely job so far your hull looks great. As for the capping rails I always like to use wood/aliphatic resin when I can as its so strong and wipes away so easily too. If your issue is gluing through the paint; just remove the paint on the glued surfaces and its job done. Keep the updates coming.
  15. It looks like you only need to make an indentation really with the final drill - so try running the drill in reverse. I reckon that this will work with that particular wood, just work away at the hole gently

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