1716Hrs- Building Workout
The weather has been lousy today, very heavy cloud and regular heavy rain. The temperature was high though and very humid with it. I put in a seven hour session and I think I’m going to pay for it later! Seven hours of climbing up and down step ladders, clambering around, in and on the hulls, handling heavy power tools and general lifting definitely constitutes a good workout. I was dripping!
My hard labour has been worth it though as I have finished the two inboard edges of cabin roof/tumblehome joint. I deliberately chose the inboard edges as they will be virtually hidden when the decks are fitted so I was free to master the finishing techniques without stressing too much about final appearance. that said they’ve turned out OK.
The building plans show this edge made fair with an epoxy fillet on the underside of the overhanging cabin roof. I didn’t like that idea for two reasons. 1. I wasn’t confident I could achieve a really nice finish just using epoxy 2. My overhangs turned out a little small in places. What I decided to do instead was glue a small softwood half round section along the joint to even out the inconsistencies and give something to work to for the final epoxy finish. First job I had to do though was to cut out the cabin roof sections over the two mastbeam troughs. My Fein Multimaster made relatively easy work of that job. next it was out with the plane and the sander so that I could blend in the line of the cabin roof edges to those of the tumblehomes and then out with the router to round off the top edges of the cabin roof. All very satisfying. After sanding and preparing the joint edges I was able to glue on the half round strips, adjusting them to a fair curve by eye and then temporarily holding them in place with small screws.
Day of rest tomorrow, I need it!