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  1. I’ve used of all things a pencil crayon from my daughters supply and hopefully rather than making a bigger mess with the wood colour discrepancy between fore and aft decks have made the difference less obvious. Again it seems things that aren’t as visible with the naked eye stand in sharp contrast when you look at a photo.
  2. I’ve added the decking and forward rail planking. Unfortunately I realized after I’d glued down the foredeck that I’d used the incorrect wood for planking in the foredeck (wider and different colour variation) area but as I’ve reached the point of no-return i need to do what I can to make the mismatch less obvious. I drew some lines on to hopefully make the size less obvious. Now I need to make the colour difference less glaring. Suggestions anyone who may be reading? Scott
  3. Thanks Rob! It’s amazing how the photos show imperfections that don’t seem visible to me when I look at it. Scott
  4. Well time has certainly zipped by. I have been working on Chatham yacht on and off. In hindsight I wish I had posted in progress pictures to benefit from comments. While the second planking wasn’t a total disaster (in my humble opinion) it is not a sight of beauty either. I’ve learned a lot, and next time will apply lessons learned to the spiling and bending process. Parts of the hull will be painted so that may mask some of my many errors. Live and learn! Scott
  5. Re landscape design, consider taking a sketch of your lot with dimensions to the local nursery showing property orientation (south facing? sun/shade on what parts of the property at what time of the day?). A local nursery will know what will do well in your local climate. If you are doing new gardens invest in some good soil. Think about the future, any hardscaping you are thinking about? That might impact what and where you plant. Just wondered what are your plans for that fence in the front yard? Totally personal choice/opinion (no right or wrong approach) but imagine the fence gone.
  6. So sorry Michael and agree with Jack. A loss of a beloved pet is really hard. I’m sure it’s comforting that she was able to pass peacefully at home surrounded by love.
  7. Congratulations both on the success you have had but also on being able to leverage that success to take your business in the direction you want rather than having to do what others say. One of the joys that comes with being your own boss is charting your own course and having a job or business that gives you joy rather than grief is priority number one.
  8. Well, not that exciting, but now I have completed the equivalent second planking on the starboard side. I’m trying to do both sides in equal progression for symmetry. I will be doing tick strips and tapering from this point on both sides although I did have to taper the middle planking in the elevated stern section (again equal tapering on bother sides).
  9. Good morning everyone, I was able to get a small start on the second planking on the port side.
  10. A little more progress with bulkhead fascia installed and some progress at the stern. Scott
  11. Hi everyone, I wanted to see if I’m on the right track to bend a strip of 1.5mm walnut to match the bend of the stern fascia on my Caldercraft HM Chatham Yacht build. The instructions call for the strip to be applied at the bottom of the fascia and I’m thinking of using a jig as shown in example 7 of the NRG article on plank bending. I know walnut is quite brittle so I want to be careful. A photo of the instruction showing the bend I need to achieve is in the photo below. Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome, thanks, Scott
  12. Good afternoon everyone, It has been a few months since I posted an update. I’ve have had very little time in the shipyard -between work and home and life in general it seems I can only steal away an hour or two on the weekends. I’m now getting to the point where the first planking is largely complete. I’ve added filler and am working on sanding to try to get as smooth and consistent a base as I can. Stay safe, Scott
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