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Aussie Open OB-20 #26

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Making some form of progress, slowly but surely getting towards the end......... :)

Too hot here at the moment to do to much in the shed, epoxy going off far to quickly for me! :(

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Looking really great!

Are the rib bands are a darker timber/different species to the planking?

I know the feeling re heat - my progress is slow also.

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the darker timber you see as well as all other you don't (below the sole ) is all Queensland Maple. It is a bit lighter than my other favourite New Guinee Rosewood.  I am lucky enough to have a brother who is an incredible tradesman who specialises in solid timber furniture and I use his "rejects", I splice them together to make up the lengths I need. Sadly all you see here will be painted out the colour of the internals. I do however intend to use it for bright finish trims.

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awww keen . Been a crazy summer here. My daughter got married, my son had our first grandchild and we will be expecting another grandchild soon. If that wasn't enough for the first time in my life I began working for myself. It has been 4 months now. So I work when the jobs come in and in the near future if work becomes slow I will dedicate large chunks of time to the boat. I have been given orders from the wife to complete the boat before grandchildren get too old. LOL

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Time passes all too quickly Rick, I cant believe that it has been 3 years this April since first starting my build! Anyhow, keep plugging away. A couple of shots of the internals so far.

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Hi Guys,

Another update, coming along SLOWLY, happy to be out of the below floor area, PVC pipes carry the control cables and the bottom one will be for fuel lines. Mock up of the helm area so far.

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Hi guys,

I need some advice........if you look at the last photo of the console you will notice the end grain of the ply. My question is that if I coat it with 3 coats of neat resin (West system brand)and then undercoat and paint it with the top coat (2 pac polyurethane) will this suffice? I also have other areas in the boat that this would apply to as well.

Keen.

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If this were a sheltered part of the boat and unlikely to ever suffer trauma then just coating and painting the end grain would probably be OK. I have to say though that those edges on the top of the console look like a prime target for someone to drop something on them and being an edge the waterproof seal could easily be broken. I'd think about taping the edges at least on the exposed parts as the fibreglass would be much more resistant to damage.

My 2c worth

Cheers

Peter HK

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Wrapping them with some fabric is an idea, but I usually don't finish plywood edges this way, preferring to use a hardwood, if it's an exposed edge. Inside the hand grip holes, I'd just use neat epoxy. Fairing plywood end grain isn't pleasant, which is why I use solid wood. I also hate to fair areas like that (small flat spots, nooks and crannies), so I look to use a method that minimizes how much I need to do. Very nice work BTW.

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Your advise will be taken on board, I could always flatten out the radius's and inlay a hardwood end piece as suggested. Food for thought both reply's, thanks men.

 

 

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