1929hrs – April Showers
A cracking eight hours put in yesterday and a slightly delayed blog update because I was to knackered to write anything and to upload a new video blog!
I’ve continued with the glass reinforcement of the port hull and got all the 18mm ply cut down for the cross-beam web sections. I just need to buy another sheet of 18mm so that I can cut two remaining pieces for the mast beam ( I remembered I’d cut into one of my stock to make a stand up desk!)
I spent ages pouring over the plans and ply cutting sheets before I got the 18mm marked up ready to cut. Each beam web is made of of two layers of ply in with 3 sections in each, so that’s 24 pieces in total. It wasn’t clear from the cutting plan which piece came out of which sheet so I ended up cutting little pieces of paper scaled off the plans so that I could ‘assemble’ each one to get them clear in my head. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit slow but it worked and I can now move forward and work with the real timber safe in the knowledge I cut it right.
This leads me to Erics question about how detailed the plans/instructions for building a Tiki 38 are. Well they’re pretty good, you get the detailed plans of each component with dimensions, although as they’re copies you can’t safely take scale measurements off them. You get a large format assembly instructions book which ties down the sequence of events and gives further detail and several ply cutting sheets showing which components to cut out of your ply sheets to minimise wastage. There’s also a very general techniques book which I found of limited value although it does contain an important if a little scary materials list.
Anyway here’s another video blog for you.