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I told myself I wouldn't post a picture of the progress until I finished the hull planking.  I guess I was wrong.  It took much longer than I expected to even get to where I am now and now I am thinking, "Okay, it's not so bad." 

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But to tell the truth, I am embarrassed it has taken me so long to do this.

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Julie,

It isn't bad at all, it's just a pitty it took you sooooooooooooooooooooooo longggggggggggggggggg to take a picture. On the other hand, you must have a very steady hand to take a picture with such a high fstop ;):)

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Welcome back Julie, that looks great.

If you ever need more wall room I have an empty drawer in one of my tool boxes, I could "store" some of those Japanese saws for you. No charge, honest.  :):)

 

Sam

 

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hey howya goin Julie mate, its been a pleasure reading you build log lovely job on the ship. I"ll be following along with you.   :bird-vi:

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It's funny how I can get so focused on a project or two and become unable to see anything else.  The kitchen remodel has been foremost in my thoughts for months.  The next step is making all the doors and drawer fronts.  But that means I have to create a better garage shop setup than I presently have and it's hot and humid now so I putz around doing anything I can to avoid the heat and humidity. 

 

The one project that will keep me away from all that heat and humidity fell far back in my mind, again.  I'm not sure why I keep avoiding getting back to the model.  A lot of possible reasons have popped up in my head but none give me that "Ah HA!" moment. 

 

Anyway, yesterday I ignored whatever it is that keeps me away and mixed up a new batch of hide glue so I could get back to the hull planking.  The going seemed very slow.  Over about 3 hours time I laid only 10 planks.  That's about one plank every 18 minutes.  I tried to get back to the next plank in about 5 minutes (that's what it needs now due to some tight bends) but it ended averaging 18.  I felt like I was getting nowhere.  And it looked like it, too.

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This side seems to be going sooooooooo slowly, as far as progress in a day is concerned.  It's not fun anymore.  But I will keep at it.  If I don't keep my word, bug me mercilessly.

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"If I don't keep my word, bug me mercilessly. " That's easy, but will it motivate you ... You did, however, picked up where you left off, and make progress. A slow start is as much a start as a running one :) Keep it up

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Guest Riccardo1966

Hello Julie Mo, I have followed your build with much interest and you are are doing great work. It is good to see you back.

Regards Richard.

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Thank you guys.  Knowing I invited public scorn, or at least a little kick in the behind, should I get "distracted" again, I put in some more time on the planking today.  Honestly, I do not remember the first side taking this long (breaks in between not included).  Anyway, I think today's score is 14.

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Welcome back Julie, a little bit every day is what I tell myself. Dont beat yourself up too badly, I started my Enterprise in 2009 and am just getting to the rigging. You too will get there.

Sam

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I feel like I'm getting back some of the methods I developed before the house remodel took over.  Some of the things I learned, I completely forgot.  Now I feel I'm getting back in the groove again.

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I just might finish the hull planking yet.

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1 hour ago, KeithAug said:

Julie.

 

The tricky bit now is not to sand through the veneer. Better to use fine grit emery paper and take it very slowly with light pressure.

I came close on the other side, Keith.  With the way I am planking this, I'm glad I went with veneer rather than the planks that came with the kit.  The veneer is almost twice the thickness of the kit planks and that's been a life saver. 

 

I've been rough sanding as I go along and there are places I'm sure I had to sand off more than half the thickness.  Lots of the clinker effect in my plank orientation.

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Julie

 

Doubling the thickness of the veneer was probably a good call. I did the same on Altair. I didn't get any "clinker" on 2nd planking Endeavour, probably one of the few benefits of the very thin mahogany strips supplied with the kit. I think I was lucky in avoiding any sand through although I did take a lot of care. Finishing the hull is fairly quick compared to planking and hence provides the boost of a much higher reward for effort ratio. You are nearly through the worst of it!!!!

 

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OMG, Keith, your words are so comforting.  :)  But I know whatever mental blocks I set in place are mine to take down.  We all live in a world only six inches wide, the space between our ears.

 

For anyone who has ever had a needle stuck in the tip of their finger, you know it doesn't want to go very far.  Lots of cartilage and other hard masses stand in the way.  That's what I'm seeing as I get to the bow.  There is so much stuff in there, the push pins need more than a push.  A hammer comes to mind...

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I'd love to do the rubber band thing but I've found if the banding covers the plank, you can't see if the plank is tight to the existing plank.  I had to remove one plank from the other side because it drifted away when I wrapped it with banding. 

 

Maybe shrink wrap? 

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One side is done!  WhooHooo!  I have little work on the bow of the other side left and that's in progress.

 

Question: Once the hull is sanded smooth, is it then time to apply a finish to it?  I'm probably going to go clear lacquer and paint a waterline stripe.  Should this be done before flipping the boat over to work topsides?

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Julie

 

Will you be able to see the deck edge plank when viewed from the side. If you can see it then it would be  better for it to be in place before you lacquer the hull.

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1 hour ago, KeithAug said:

Julie

 

Will you be able to see the deck edge plank when viewed from the side. If you can see it then it would be  better for it to be in place before you lacquer the hull.

I'm not sure if I understand you right, Keith.  Are you talking about the pieces that sit flush, on top of the deck?

 

I haven't glued the deck on yet.  Once that's in place, I will have to see how the hull planking butts up to the deck.  I've been thinking about adding a strip around the hull, where the deck and hull meet.  My thoughts were to see how the planks the kit supplied would work with the mahogany keel, if it needed it.

 

Still have a few last planks at the bow to glue on (it's slow going with those tiny pieces).  After that's done, I'll work on the deck installation and see where I am and then decide what I think needs to be done.

 

Glad you asked the question, though.  I had to go back to the instructions to see if I could figure out what you were referring to.  Then I realized I haven't looked at them in months! :huh: 

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Thanks for drawing and posting the sketch, Keith.  But I don't think I will be able to do what you showed in the sketch. 

 

When I was planking the first side of the hull, some of the planks that extended above the deck snapped off below the deck line.  In order to avoid this happening again, I cut them flush with the top of the frame (I did not have the plywood decking in place).  I didn't catch the error until it was too late.  So I may have to glue a cap plank over the hull planking, butted up to the deck.  Newbie mistake...

 

Another problem I noticed yesterday, after I turned the hull over, was this:

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Even when those planks are flush with the plywood deck, they will still extend past it.  The pre-cut parts that came with the kit will not cover that gap.  There is a similar situation on the bow but I already knew that and planned to mill some pieces that will look like they belonged.  Looks like I'll have to do the same at the stern.

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In celebration of the completion of the deck planking, we threw a big party.  Attendees were Charlie Nicholson, Bill Camper, Tom Sopwith and many of the original crew.  It was quite a rowdy bunch!  And the Spirits were flowing. 

 

Charlie told me he liked the diagonal planking but said he didn't want to be in my shoes for the challenges that lay on the horizon.  I slid the bottle of Pussers down the bar toward him and he caught it without spilling a drop.  Then he poured a shot for the two of us and one for Bill, Tom and all the crew.  A raucous "Cheers!" emanated throughout the pub.

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Then Bill and Charlie, with Tom in tow, pinned the first picture of the completed planking on the pub wall.

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Those boys really know how to sail!

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Next up is fixing up the newbie booboos I made.  When I was making up the laminated keel, I got ahead of myself and shaped it before the hull planking was done.  At the keel, the planking had nothing to butt up against.  So now I have to add some mahogany strips to the keel and then reshape it.  The red arrows show the first strip glued in place.

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I'll have to keep building it up until there's enough to shape it smooth.  I have to do the same elsewhere.  The only part about this that is frustrating is trying to clamp the thin strips in place as I get closer to the bow.  All the clamps I have want to pop off.

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