Good news first – I have ordered 420m of clear grade douglas fir from Capricorn Timber in Staffordshire at a good price, initially I was disappointed with the 2-3 week delivery however given the Bad News – The barn is not going to be ready for 2-3 weeks it doesn’t really matter. The delay on the barn is primarily down to delayed delivery of new deep channel guttering. Because of the roof setup the existing small channel gutters can easily block with leaves and debris and then overflow allowing rainwater to run down the walls and into the floorspace. Not good. Epoxy – I am waiting on more info from MCMC (Sicomin) in Bristol but should be able to finalise and place an initial order next week. Plywood – Visited William T Eden in Coventry last week and got a reasonable price on Far Eastern Marine Ply, had a look at some in the warehouse and it looks pretty good. Its available off the shelf so I will hang on and keep looking for now. Miscellaneous – Collected my toolbox and power tools from the old place last week and they are now cluttering up my small hallway while I clean them up after a year of neglect, hoping to get a small steel security container and cupboard from work moved up to the barn when I can to use as a store. I have also treated myself to a new bit of kit. Its an Exakt PS-140 Precision Power Saw (www.exaktpt.com) I have seen these being demonstrated at various flooring trade exhibitions and could see endless uses for it on a project like this. I’ll let you know. I also need to put an order together for Screwfix for various consumables like sandpaper, screws, nails etc as well as a few new tools like saws and clamps. Also on the lookout for a cheap shed to erect in the barn as an office/tearoom.
So all in all I seem to be spending a lot of time and money at the moment for no visible reward. Patience is a virtue they say, I keep reminding myself I’m in this for the long haul. I am however participating in a virtual Tiki build thanks to Thomas Neilson’s ‘Tsunamichaser’ blog. If you haven’t already seen it use the link from this site. The guy has a phenomenal work rate and how he finds time to blog in such detail I don’t know, but all credit to him it’s fantastic to see.
P.S. I’ve added a timer to the top of the page that will start when I begin physical work on the boat. I want to hit that button!