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Bill Gormley

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  1. That's brilliant ... which is probably why I didn't think of simply soaking the planks then clamping them in place and letting them dry there. Thank you for the nudge there to engage my noggin. On the plus side, I did get the planks attached on one side yesterday without too much pain ... just needed to go slowly.
  2. Thank you both for the advice - very much appreciated. Can I ask how you would address the situation below? Initially, I thought simply trimming / shaping the front section of the plank would do the trick. Now I am wondering whether I need to bend it as well.
  3. I've been following your progress, just not commenting much. That is absolutely beautiful work and a fine goal for me to work toward with my own build.
  4. Four months since my last update ... boy, am I moving slowly. I've managed to get the initial planking above the wales done as well as the counter and transom. Progress photos and a few questions below. In the photo below, I'm thinking the counter will need to be sanded back further at the bottom left to accommodate the next three planks, but we'll see. For the Syren experts out there, did you you pre-form the planks to follow the shape of the stern - or just glue and clamp the planks? It seems like a severe shape to try to force wood to hold with just glue alone
  5. It's been months since my last update, but I'm still chugging along with my build (and enjoying it immensely). I've been watching other Syren builds in the meantime in the hopes of avoiding pitfalls. Unfortunately, I'm a zero when it comes to woodworking, so every little thing becomes a side research project. Going back to my previous update, I needed to correct the frames on one side where I had drastically over faired them. I finished that task and went on to frame the ports and sweeps and sand both sides to an equal degree. Per the instructions, I then added the stern and supporting pi
  6. I'm back with the latest edition of the world's slowest build log. At this point I have faired the sills and lintels and cut (but not attached) the 'green' framing for the port side. As I was doing this I realized I created a problem for myself. As you can see in the photo below, I sanded some of the frames far too much. Not sure how I did this without noticing or breaking the frame, but I noticed it in time not to create the problem on the starboard side. Do I need to find a way to fill in the convex area circled in red to strengthen and restore the tumblehome shape? If so, what would b
  7. Thanks everyone for the input and tips above. I didn't respond at the time 2-4 weeks ago, but it helped me keep moving. Very much appreciate the help. Since my last post I have made a couple trips to Home Depot for stain. I wasn't happy with how the lower deck turned out using straight Minwax Golden Oak, so I mocked up a small section of planks and tried again using Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner followed by a 3:1 mix of Minwax Natural and Golden Oak. The stain has a much more uniform appearance and the lighter color looks a lot better (at least to my eyes).
  8. What beautiful work - I could look at the photos of the hull all day. I'm seriously challenged when it comes to tying knots so I'm eager to see what (and how) you do.
  9. Minimal update here ... but some progress. I laid the planks for the lower deck and stained them Minwax Golden Oak. I'm not happy with the look compared to the reference photo in the instruction manual (see below). The color isn't in the same zip code and the stain penetrated very unevenly. Any thoughts or suggestions? I did not use the Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner I mentioned in my previous post, so I may conduct a quick experiment to see if it makes a difference. Is it possible the wood in the instruction manual is a difference species than what is included in the kit? Sepa
  10. Patrick and Mr. Walrus - Thank you both for the step-by-step guidance. I'll give the interior deck a go tomorrow and post progress pictures when I can. I'm trying to absorb as much as I can from all the build logs on this site, but it's like drinking from a fire hose. I climbed the same learning curve on the plastic modeling side too so I understand it's par for the course, but I feel like I could read forever. I have to keep reminding myself to stop stalling, get in the basement, and make some progress. A question about staining planks before I do that. Would you (or others f
  11. Well, it's been over a month since my last update ... I knew this would be slow going but I'm surprising even myself. It's been great fun so far and that's the point, right? I've been pleasantly surprised by how forgiving wood is as a working material. Sanding can get tedious but I like how much control you have if you take your time. Working with brass and photo etched parts and super glue in the plastic model world could get nerve wracking. Anyway, just a couple progress photos below. Major progress points are that I have created a basic building board, faired the bulkhead
  12. Thanks for the clear responses, Patrick! I'm going to have many more to come, I'm sure. Below a few progress photos. Apologies for the poor quality ... I should have changed the lens. Q1 - I'm at the point where I need to bevel the bulkheads. The instructions say to bevel the outer edge almost but not exactly to the dashed line. I'm clear on that. They also say to bevel the inside of the bulkhead and to keep the angle consistent. Can I confirm the red arrow is pointing to the correct area to bevel (with the blue dots highlighting the other three corners)? Also, i
  13. Hi Jamie - Nice start. I'll be following along as I recently started Syren as well. Good idea to work on the ship's boat a project within a project. I have been scratching my head a bit as I glue and clamp something and then have to wait 24 hours. Very different from the plastic models I'm used to where you can keep going.
  14. Thanks for all the input so far. I have managed to attach the rabbet strip, carve the rabbet, taper the stem knee, test fit the figurehead, and glue and clamp the stem knee to the bulkhead former. It took quite a while to taper the stem knee and get the figurehead to fit but I have thoroughly enjoyed the work thus far. Below are a few progress photos with circles where I have questions. Hopefully they post in order ... Q1 - A lot of build logs show an orange color or substance where I have circled. Any idea what that is? Also, should the bearding line still be vi
  15. Thank you all for helping me push this thing out to sea. Patrick and WalrusGuy (should I call you that?), I've been eagerly catching up on both your builds. Really nice work, and motivational to see what can emerge from the pile of wood on my table. One question for the group - should I try to find a long, flat plastic container for the wood? I wouldn't characterize the basement where I am working as overly damp, but still I wonder whether the wood will warp over time.
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