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  1. 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. 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. I got all this done with no help. So now all my clamps are coated in epoxy. Mike
  2. 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. This gave me a chance to finally use the compound feature of my compound miter saw. Between screws and a few clamps I think I got things situated well enough for the epoxy. Not quite sure if the angle is correct, but it seems okay. Breasthook in place with clamps removed. I think I will remove the temporary screws before installing the gunwales. Mike
  3. Ripped 12' strips of mahogany with 17 degree bevel.
  4. Based on your explanation, here is the order I am planning to follow: 1. Wire or screw the forward and nesting bulkheads in place 2. Epoxy the breasthook. 3. Pre-fit the gunwales to make sure the transom bevels are correct, and adjust accordingly. 4. Epoxy the transom and quarter knees. 5. When cured, epoxy the gunwales 6. Make any adjustments to remove twist. 7. Epoxy the forward bulkhead 8. Epoxy the nesting bulkhead 9. Tack weld the seams Does that look right? Mike
  5. Thanks for the great reply Alan. That helps a lot. Mike
  6. I have a question about what order I should epoxy things in place. When reading the assembly instructions it says to "not be in a rush" to fiberglass the seams after the boat is opened up. So I am trying not to jump the gun. It looks to me like I need to epoxy the transom in place when I install the Quarter Knees, followed by epoxying the gunwales in place and screwing the aft ends of the gunwales to the transom stiffener. But the instructions have a paragraph after the Forward Bulkhead section that mentions releasing the "aft clamp" and setting the transom in place making sure the alignment is correct before gluing. So is the transom is just loosely fit while the gunwales are installed? Anyone else have this confusion? Mike
  7. Looks like you've made some good progress lately. It is cool to see that it actually nests. Mike
  8. Got a few things done this past week. I went ahead and removed the nesting bulkhead and drilled the bolt holes. Then I added the bolts (loosely) and reassembled. Next, I dry-fit the transom. I had to move the wire ties that were in the aft-most holes because otherwise I couldn't get the bottom of the transom to sit flush with the bottom. I just drilled holes a few inches forward of the original holes and reinstalled the wires. Finally I was able to use my hand plane to bevel the sides and bottom of the transom to match the angle of the hull. I still haven't ripped the mahogany for the gunwales, but that will be next. I am also planning to make a mahogany breasthook and two transom knees to replace the pine ones from the kit. Mike
  9. Thanks for posting the additional pictures of your boat. I love to see the in-use pictures. Definitely gives me motivation.
  10. Starboard: I love the way yours turned out. The contrast between the dark and light wood species looks really nice. i hope to leave a lot of the upper surfaces bright, but on the last cruise ship I was on I do recall seeing a crew of workers sanding and refinishing all the bright railings. How well has your finish held up? Mike
  11. I found a fairly nice 12 foot long piece of 6/4 mahogany. So so next up is to rip the gunwale strips. Mike
  12. Steve, thanks for the idea about making straight holes with the portable drill. Roam, I used cardboard that is a bit thicker than the saw blade, and I can see how the bolts would easily squash them if overtightened. Right now I'm thinking about drilling the holes right before I permanently glue the bulkheads in place, and leaving the bolts only hand tight. Onward, Mike
  13. After a trip to Lowe's to pick up some 1/4" bolts, I figured it was a good time to work on things for a while. So I set up the trim router to put a 1/8" round over on the inner edges of the hull. Then I found some cardboard and glued the nesting bulkheads together. Found some scrap and made four reinforcement squares. I found rebar wire the other day at Home Depot, so that's what I used to stitch the hull together. Everything seemed to be ready, so with the help of my lovely wife, I did the butterfly thing that I've seen demonstrated, and next thing you know it looks like a boat. Only after all this was done and I stood back to take some pictures did I realize the mistake I made. In all the excitement I forgot to install the bolts. The bolts that I had just picked up at Lowe's. So now I need to decide what to do. Do I remove the bulkhead and go drill the holes on the drill press, or do leave it in place and eyeball it with a portable drill? Mike
  14. You may be right about being a challenge to tighten the wires. I didn't think about how the cross braces might get In the way. Here is what I ended up with. I have not yet leveled it up. Mike
  15. I did more prep work over the weekend, including building a cradle stand. It seemed to be easier to build the stand as one piece instead of building individual sawhorses. Also it seems like it will be easier to keep things aligned. Forgot to snap a picture. I assembled the nesting bulkheads and realized that I don't have enough clamps. I rounded the inner edges that will be difficult to access later. I also filled in the bolt holes with epoxy. Finally I joined the side and bottom panels at the dovetails. Removed the support boards and revealed the joints. They look pretty good to me. I used too much epoxy. Now I need to do some sanding to remove the excess epoxy. Once that is done I think I may be just about ready to stitch the panels together. Mike
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