1952 Hrs – Bend It Like Wharram
The glassing has become a somewhat routine operation now, masking up, applying resin, laying biaxial glass, saturating, waiting for it to tack off, trim and remove tape, clean up. I pretty much got the cabin top on the port hull finished today.
The beam work is far more interesting and also a little challenging. My aim today was to get the first two of four 43mm x 43mm strengtheners glued to one side of the ply beam web. The web has quite a curve on the top edge at each end and also a 20mm lift in the centre of the bottom edge ( JWD recommend this for ‘visual’ purposes on the forward beam).
I was somewhat dubious about wether this quite substantial 43mm section would bend to the right profile but pleasingly I managed to do it. Basically I worked my way from one end to the other using a combination of leverage and clamps to gradually bend the timber around fixing with temporary screws and washers as I went. I half expected to hear the sound of splitting wood at any time but no, even my scarf joints held up. Here’s hoping the rest of them go as easily!