1764Hrs- Bend It
The aft cabin side section I glued yesterday came out really well and the hot-melt glued blocks came away cleanly when tapped. The epoxy had set hard enough for me to be able to remove the temporary support and sit the cabin roof on top. I used another dab of hot-melt to keep it in the right place and then moved forward to tackle the other end.
I knew from the start that this one would be a bit tougher and I scrapped a couple of hardboard templates trying to find the right way to do it. The plans show this section lying straight across the width of the hull but given its quite steep rake towards the stern and the fact that it then needed to sit fair to the curve of the cabin roof I just couldn’t see how it was possible. I realised that the flexible hardboard template, when raked back at the right angle, bent naturally to match the curve of the cabin roof, not only making it easier to match the cabin top curve but also looking far nicer. but how could I achieve the same thing with a far less flexible piece of 9mm plywood? A sit down with a cup of tea and a bit of thought gave me the answer….. a ratchet strap. Wrapped around the ply and pulled up until I’d got the right amount of bend, it worked perfectly. A few small locating blocks hot-melt glued in critical places and suddenly my piece of uncooperative ply became super compliant and all I needed to do was mark. cut and make a few adjustments and I was ready to glue.