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  1. War a beautiful colour Doug Fir is.... AYC is a lovely timber, but the colour ain't as nice.
  2. I was going to post a pic of a beautifully(?) painted white hull today. I really was. But, well it turns out Don was right. I was listening to a Pink Floyd song (yes, that dates me) , a long board with a bit of 80 grit on it in hand. I knew I would be getting close to the wood, but stepping back I saw a couple of spots where I had actually gone right through. But there were still some shiny spots nearby too. A gloss finish and a long board is a very sobering experience. There were a few other little dings I was mostly aware of, a few I hadn't seen so... I kept going... Now most of the wobbles seem to have gone - until next time huh Don? So now I guess I'll fill the dings, and put another gloss coat on. And sand that back. and repeat...? No, I think at some point you have to accept there are going to be imperfections, mistakes even, and remember it's a boat to be sailed, not an heirloom, not a piece of fine furniture. Summer is coming up, I want to get on the water - and there's still a lot of work to do. Delighted to read there is a kit coming... it might be a bit unadventurous but as Dave noted, the Lapwing is a perfect dayboat, so maybe, I can sail this one while building a second... Not sure what the marital committee would have to say about that, but forgiveness is a wonderful thing!
  3. I'll start with a coat of paint this Friday - see if Don is right - too many more undulations that i can't just ignore them! Really looking forward to turn the beastie over and starting too put some more wood in.... Thanks guys for the comments - advice gratefully received.
  4. So I think I have pretty much got the exterior of the hull as good as I am prepared to go. Seems you could go on forever, but there are fair winds coming, and I want to catch a few of them while there is life in the limbs. And get some fresh air in the lungs rather than epoxy fumes!
  5. I just applied a coat of epoxy - see pics - yes - you are right - a few more undulations. Hard to know where to stop really....
  6. Nice too see another Lapwing! I'm slowly grinding away on mine, and as Dave notes, spiling takes a lot of work and it's not easy to get right. I think a kit makes great sense. Still, I'll get the first coat of paint on the hull this week, then we can turn her over and start the inside. Keep posting!
  7. bend the strip first - excellent piece off advice - i wouldn't have thought of that...
  8. A couple of shots of the false stem. Occurs to me that the laminated stem will be immensely strong, adding the the stiffness fo the boat. Still I was surprised at the amount of time it's taken so far to finish it - still needs a little more filleting. However we are close now to putting on the final layer of epoxy. After that I think I'll put one or two coats of white paint on, putting the final two coats after turning the boat over and finishing the topsides. excuse the knobbly knees...
  9. Your workmanship is both inspiring and intimidating - respect! Avery pretty part of the world is Te Anau - very much enjoyed a regatta there with a bunch of mates in our Lasers - back in the 70's.
  10. I like they way you ask good questions of us Dave. Why steam? Well I don't have access to a band saw, nor actually a coping saw, although they are pretty cheap so not a reason. The simple answer is, I want to. And in the process, I'll get some experience for when I need to steam some of the decorative trim which I'll make in Jarrah. I tried to bend some Jarrah for the rub rail - early lesson; it doesn't bend.
  11. I've been plodding along - very slowly I might add. Two coats of epoxy on the hull, now sanded ready for a final coat - with just a couple of little dents to fill first. Fillets done so nearing the end of hull prep. I finally found a steamer (covid delay) so I'll make up a steam box and steam the false stem. When fitted, final coat of epoxy then paint. I wasn't going to, but I might clear finish the transom - there are a couple of filler lines when the timber was damaged, but it's still a nice piece of ply. I have had the boat t'other way up - just to see how it looked - y'know sitting with a pretend tiller in my hand, faraway look in the eyes... Dreamer. While right way up, I filleted all the planks internally although they are still to be sanded...
  12. Dave I see in your build, you have a batten running under the top plank - or perhaps along the bottom edge of the 87th plank - like a lower gunwale. At what point did you put this on and is it just glued? Certainly helps clean up any wobble in the plank.
  13. I was thinking of it, but after many an hour looking at it, I decided it wasn't as fair as I'd like, so I've put rather a lot of filler to build some bits up a little. It looks better, I think, but after a while I find bits that I thought were low, might now actually be a little high. I'm confusing myself I guess. So to answer your question, no, since there is 410 filler in places, I think I'll either go with an off white / grey, with clear topsides.
  14. Words of encouragement most welcome!
  15. Sanded myself to a standstill today, 80 grit, 120 - back to 80 grit. I love sanding - it brings out the black humour; "I haven't had so much fun since... " ...put in your own line. The wardrobe knobs on the long board have taught my hands a new resting position... And at the end of the day, the obvious becomes obvious; do the edges first before tackling any of the high bits on your planks - once the edges are (sort of) straight, the highs and lows are a little different... Still, I think I think I got the stern half of the starboard side half way there. plenty of time for the black humour left...!
  16. I was wondering that very point Dave, I might be making good progress after all. On one hand that's great news. On the other hand....
  17. Us old Laser sailors used webbing with Velcro to attach the clew to the boom - the real Laser version is made from Dynema webbing rather than nylon, so stronger but more particularly, it slides better. Some use silicon spray as well. That might be worth a try for mast ties.... I was going to use tracks on my boat, but thinking about it, maybe there is something to be said for ties... That sure is one very pretty boat...! Love that cream colour - do you remember what it was?
  18. great build project - and a very pretty boat. Respect!
  19. Alaskan cedar really is a lovely timber... Easy to see in this shot that when I bevelled the stem, I went too far. Better to have put the bevel in as the planking started, rather than using the convenience of a workbench to work on, and putting the bevel in before attaching it to the boat. I know, obvious now, but it wasn't at the time.
  20. Temporarily right way up; I wanted to put the inwhales on to stiffen the sides before I spent too much time fairing the hull. I was using a single piece of 38mm x 19mm Yellow Cedar. It's beautiful timber to work with, but quite strong so bending it it to dry fit it was quite an effort. I was also somewhat resistant to the twist from coming to the stem to to the reverse twist at the transom. However they're in now and it makes the boat a lot more complete looking. i guess i'm quite critical of my work - I see every error, but when I look at other boats, it's easier to see that others have issues too. Interestingly the set-up must have been OK, the boat measures within a millimetre stem to each corner of the transom. Biggest challenge was spiling. I used a truss of two battens joined by hot glued ply, but it wasn't that accurate. forcing planks in I learned a new skill; how to make a really bad edge set...! next time I think I'll use a compass and see how it goes. One thing for sure is, if you don't make a correction to the bad plank before you lay another on top, you compound the errors. Guilty!
  21. Sorry I haven't posted for a while, intermittent progress! However all the planking is on, can't say I'm entirely happy with my efforts, but newbie builder, so a whole lot of learning going on.
  22. Dave I think your plywood clamps with wide shims probably spread the load a little better than my screws and pads. I've changed my method a little, so the screws are now inserted into the edge of the new plank. I think having them bridged put too much pressure on the outside of the plank, past where it was supported by the bevelled edge, causing slight dimples which needed fixing. If you're getting withdrawal symptoms from see a new build - fell free to pop over and give me a hand...! Sorry about the pic - for some reason they keep getting rotated as I load them.
  23. Good things take time...! Nice looking boat you have made for yourself.
  24. ...to get nice 'clean' gains, I made a simple jig for my router to sit in. Works pretty well... I found a site 'Off Centre Harbor' which has many helpful videos. But a series I found really useful was on using Epoxy. lots of really useful tips from a master of the art.
  25. Good to see the planks fall pretty cleanly on the longitudinal bulkheads.... ...then on to the dark art of spiling. Took me a while to understand that you need to have the planks fall in the correct lie without too much tension anywhere. Any tension will see humps and hollows in the line of the lap... yes you can sand and fill them to bring them back closer into line, but better to get the fit right in the first place. I found a photo of Blue Peter Lapwing build - seems there website has gone, but the spiling truss shown in one very low res pic set me off on the right path....
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