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  1. Assembled the transom last night. I think I got enough squeeze out, but there are a couple of visible gaps between layers. Before gluing, I decided it might be easier to go ahead and round over some of the edges before the parts were glued, so I did a bit of routing. Will these joints eventually have a fillet? Mike
  2. First glue-ups are completed. I ended up just laying plastic on the garage floor and then folding the plastic over the glued joint. After applying the glue, I placed a 1" thick board over top of the joint and then built a tower of heavy things to try to hold it tight to the floor. The first two panels I left to cure overnight. I ended up worrying about it quite a bit. I think I had nightmares of horribly deformed wooden parts. Fortunately, these CNC cut parts are fantastic. I really didn't need to worry about it at all. I now have side and bottom panels that are identical mirror images of each-other. The worst part is that I used too much glue. This is from the underside of the joint, which I was unable to clean up before it set. So I had to spend quite a while sanding off some of the excess glue. The above picture was taken after the bottom panels had cured and I laid them on top of each-other. They match up perfectly. I am really impressed by the accuracy of these parts. Onward, Mike
  3. Thanks for the quick answers. That makes sense as far as getting a good fit to the keel. I will let it overhang the bottom. I also noticed the horizontal stiffener overhangs on either side by a bit, and now I realize that it is for the same reason as you describe. Onward, Mike
  4. Here is my first (of many) questions. Last night I was dry-fitting the parts of the transom, trying to get everything to line up with the pen marks on the plywood. What I noticed is that when I get the bottom edges lined up, the top crosspiece is about 3/16" higher than the upper pen mark. The result is that the top of the crosspiece is proud of the top of the plywood as well. This is the bottom, all lined up. And this is the top as it relates to the upper pen mark. So my question is: should I just glue it up as I have it in the pictures, and then trim/plane/sand the upper part as needed after the boat is assembled, or do I need to make adjustments at this point to make everything line up? Mike
  5. My plan is to try to use the parts supplied in the kit, and to stick to the plans, so I can actually finish this thing in a reasonable amount of time. I don't know if anyone is interested in seeing the kind of parts that are in the current kit, but here are a couple of samples. These are some of the small plywood parts. And here are some of the solid wood parts. These are softwood of some sort (Doug Fir maybe). So back to the first line in this post about not making modifications...I may want to replace a few of the softwood parts for hardwood depending on what material I can find to use for the gunwales. I have no idea how well softwood holds up after being coated in epoxy. Another thing that is interesting are the CNC daggerboard and rudder. I went with these thinking it would save me some time. I could always glue up my own at a later date I guess. Roughed out by the router. Onward, Mike
  6. Thanks for all the replies and well wishing. cdunc: That's funny. Last summer I was overcome with a plan to build a couple of Adirondack chairs. I ended up making eight of them. Most went to family. Alan: I will try to take pictures as I go. Thrillsbe: I guess a trip to the grocery store is in order. We may be low on white vinegar. roam: I have been following your build and learning from it. So thanks. Steve W: I really appreciate your videos of this boat in action.
  7. As my first post on this forum I may as well start a build thread. I should start out by saying I have little to no experience with boats, but I love building things and my wife says we don’t need any more bookshelves or lawn furniture. I have read many of the build threads on this site and have appreciated being able to get a more in-depth understanding of the process. I also watched Alan's set of videos. So one day I called and talked to Alan, and ordered the kit. The next thing you know I have a large stack of wood parts, several bottles of epoxy, and rolls of fiberglass tape. Onward, Mike