My Backyard Boats:

The Quark

Bonding stage begins

    01 April 04: The hull is done except for the skeg, so it's bonding time. That's how I see the hands-on work, which will take at least half of the total time, to shape and sand the boat into its final form, with the hands-on work of epoxying and painting thrown in.

    It took three hours to trim the bottom flush with the chines. I could have done it in a flash with the belt sander, but I wanted to become more acquainted with the wood, and I wanted to avoid the sore throat that comes from making a lot of wood dust in the basement. The bc pine has a hard/soft grain like fir, so the hand work, done with block plane, large file, and large rasp, is still uneven and will need to be finished with the random-orbit sander.

    I went to ClarkCraft to get a gallon of epoxy, which will be more than enough to finish this project, and the next, too, I hope. I also picked up a quart of boiled linseed oil and a quart of turpentine. Plus more of the Elmer's exterior glue, and a bunch of throw-away paint brushes (which I actually try to reuse by cleaning them with acetone).

    Time spend so far: Add three hours for the trimming of the bottom piece, for a total so far of 22 hours.

    Cost so far: Going into today the coast was $131.12. Add $12 for the linseed oil, turpentine, and some of the brushes. for a total now of $143.12. I''ll add an amount for epoxy when I see what I end up using.

After three hours with the block plane, large file (to deal with the heads of the boat nails, which are generally close to the edge of the joint), and the large rasp, I still have a bit of work to do to even up the joint. The hard/soft nature of the bc pine makes for a big challenge to the hand tools. The random-orbit sander will make short work of the problem.

Detail of the stem, sides, bottom, and chines, showing a small gap at the end of the starboard chine that epoxy will fill nicely. The boat nails ended up close to the edge, but I was more concerned to avoid punching through. This makes trimming the edge a longer job, but I'm not complaining.

Detail of the bottom-chine joint after the trimming work was finished.

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