420Hrs – Step after Step
A full 8 hour day put in today and I am drawing on my reserves of staying power. It is no surprise that this sanding, clean up, glassing, sanding, cleanup, glassing, sanding etc etc tests patience and perseverance. I am treating it as a sort of initiation because I know that there are many many hours of the same to come. I am progressing with the glass reinforcing and I hope to complete it tomorrow. As I’ve said before I have added to the work by putting three layers in places where the plans say two, but I feel better for it. I will give more details about the reinforcing tomorrow. The most satisfying job I did today was to drill the rudder lashing holes on the skegs and get them all smoothed and finished. Whilst pondering how to get the 7mm drill bit fitted in my router I suddenly realised that my power drill was also Bosch and that the guide would fit on to it, With a little modification I had a drilling jig that enabled me to drill the holes square to the skeg.
It was still a little nerve wracking drilling the holes but I took it steady, checked and double checked the positions. Drilled small pilot holes to ensure accuracy and the end result was really good. It was great to see only epoxy swarf coming off the drill bit!
Here is the finshed article. Note the nce shiny epoxy inside the holes.
This is a photo I took last night of the holes before drilling with a light shining through the epoxy.