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After cutting strips of mahogany for the gunwales, I had enough material left to duplicate the breasthook and transom knees. Hopefully this will allow me to leave these pieces bright when the rest of the boat is painted.

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This gave me a chance to finally use the compound feature of my compound miter saw.

 

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Between screws and a few clamps I think I got things situated well enough for the epoxy.

 

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Not quite sure if the angle is correct, but it seems okay.

 

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Breasthook in place with clamps removed. I think I will remove the temporary screws before installing the gunwales.

 

Mike

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I dug up every clamp I own and made a half-dozen more with wood and drywall screws. I installed the starboard side dry and then started on the port side. The two predrilled screws into the breasthook helped a lot, but it was still a challenge to get all three strips lined up. 

 

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I left this to cure overnight. I tried to clean up the drips as much as possible but I think the underside of the gunwale has lots of extra epoxy. Maybe it will fill in any gaps that I have missed.

 

The next morning I did the starboard side. This time it went more smoothly.

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I got all this done with no help. So now all my clamps are coated in epoxy.

 

Mike

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Wrapping your clamps (and tools) with plastic packageing tape can avoid a lot of goo chipping later.  This can leave adhesive gum on them, when you remove the tape, but spirits can remove it easily enough. A plastic bag taped to your cordless drill, is a big help too.

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Despite cleaning up underneath the gunwales, I still had to use a dremel and a sanding block to clean up the underside.  


Be sure to put enough permanent screws into the breathook and quarter knees as dictated by the plans.  I thought you were supposed to take all of the screws out and one of the gunwales broke free from the breasthook. 

 

 

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