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Ocracoke 256 hull #2 Build


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I received the plan package for Ocracoke 256 hull #2 about a month ago.  After about 2 weeks of studying and materials gathering, I began cutting frames.  The temp frames are all cut and edge sanded, the transom is glued up and the permanent frames are all rough cut with about 30% +/- edge sanded.  Here's some photos of the progress.  A link to all the project photos going forward will be here


Laying out nests



Temp frames cut and edge sanded



Transom Jig, I thought I should put a little effort into lofting






Dad helping out






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  • 1 month later...

So I haven't put a lot of effort moving this forward in the last month (life got in the way), just refining shapes and comparing parts to drawings.  Today I was ready to glue some frame parts together and spent the afternoon doing just that.  Afterward I was walking through parts checking on alignment before they started to kick and for some reason grabbed the hardener and started reading the label.  Hey look there, that fast hardener is 1 to 4 not 1 to 2.  Fook.  What a waste of a day, came in the house to sulk.  This is far from my first rodeo and I know better.


Spent the better part of the next day taking everything apart and cleaning the mess, wasn't that special.

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While not the real reason for my lack of progress, I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for 5/4 clear pine (5/4 anything) in this area.  I started looking for this material while in BC this past summer and contacted every lumber yard along the I5 corridor from there to Sacramento.  Since this corridor is known for it's timber, I believed my task would be simple.  I had picked up hard to find lumber in Wash. and Ore. before, but this time, nothing.  


This past week I had pretty much given up hope.  The project needed to move on, I was going to be laminating 4/4 for all the ribbands, clamp and log.  While my search was taking its last dying breaths, I thought hey, everything in Tahoe is covered with mill finished clear, lets give a yard up there a call.  Lo and behold, there was a place with it in stock and reasonably priced!  While the yard is a two hour drive away, it just happens to be five minutes out of the way from the mountain I ski at and this time of year I ski a couple days a week.  So this week I'll be staying an extra day and doing a bit of man shopping at the local yard.  Problem solved and surprisingly convenient. 


All the frames were glued up this week.  While I was in the process of laying out all the parts I realized that I was wasting a ton of time detailing every part, when in most cases, I could detail one or two per frame, then use it as a template for the rest.  So I glued up blanks as doublers then ran a flush trim bit around.  So much easier.20160108_130713.jpg


Spent a good portion of my time checking my parts against the drawings and fine tuning.




Part accuracy is looking pretty good, but certainly not the <.001" that I would prefer.



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After all the excitement and hope about 5/4 clear pine, I arrived at the yard only to get the "tilted head, confused dog look" from the guys from behind the counter.  "who did you talk to?  We don't have that, only in knotty, Oh I'll bet it was Ben.  Managed to NOT blow a gasket.  Moved the conversation along and they found out they could source it, but at a 50% premium over the knotty, of course.  Normally, I wouldn't have given them the business, because they wasted my time, but a this point..


The stock should be in on Tuesday.


At least the trip wasn't a complete waste of time, skiing was great.



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Made a small amount of progress.  Have my ribband stock on hand, fabricated the keel/stem assembly, all the stations/frames cut and fine tuned, jig assembled, leveled and staked.  Stringers need to be completed and keel/stem need to be bearded then it's off to standing up frames.


Here's a picture of keel material.  It's just beautiful ~20 rings to the inch on the right side of the plank.  I just want to varnish it and hang it on the wall.  Yes I'm a wood geek.



Stem glue up.



Keel assembly dry fit



Keel glue up.



Keel and a couple stations erected.


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Here's some photos from today.  I have been gluing ribbands, log and sole ledger up to this point.  It has been going slower than predicted between scarfing all the longitudinals and having only enough clamps to do one part per side per gluing session.  Getting bored with that, so I went out tonight and picked up enough clamps to double my reach.


So much for starting the planking this week.  I love lying to myself.




Ply on starboard bottom is some left over 4mm from another project that I was using to get a feeling for fairness.  It has no application in this build.



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Looks good, how has it been getting the jig lined up fair?

It wasn't bad getting it faired, I installed all the stations/frames back to front with a laser level and plumb bob/center line shooting down the whole assembly using the wl on the stem as an initial elevation.  After I installed the stringers and bracket, I went back and re-leveled all the stations and corrected any hook (thwart) in the stem/keel/stations.   It was all within ~1/16, so only small corrections where needed, followed by diagonal bracing to hold the positions.  Then I threw that piece of 6 mil up there to get a feeling for gross fairness.  It looked good so I started hanging longitudinals.  


The largest road block to progress is my incessant need for precision.  I will fret for hours before making some cuts or part installations trying to foresee anything that will come back to bite me later or worrying that it won't be perfect.

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