2759Hrs – Beam Glassing Continues
After the cold blowy day we had yesterday today dawned very differently. Quite calm, plenty of sunshine and reasonably warm. The forecast says nice tomorrow but on Monday wind and rain will return. It seems the weather is all over the place right now.
Anyway I cracked on today and got the tops of the centre and forward beams glassed. I had slight problem on the centre beam when I started getting air bubbles in the glass after I’d applied the PeelPly. I’m not really sure why it happened but it may have been because the ambient temperature rose quite a bit whilst I was doing it. Generally speaking it’s better to have a stable or slightly falling temperature when applying glass over wood because as the wood gets warmer it can release any retained moisture vapour.
It’s no big deal, I put a few small knife cuts in the bubbles to release the air and smoothed them down. The finish on the beams isn’t critical so I’m not going to stress.
I’m planning a big work session tomorrow, I want to get the bottom of all four beams glassed while the weather is decent. I’ve got a work routine sorted so I’ll see how it goes but it would be nice to be able to tick the job off by tomorrow night.
The photo below shows the nice finish on the mast beam after I removed the PeelPly.
And here’s the forward beam after I’d saturated the glass.