So! This week the neighbor behind us piled up a huge pile of wood from lumber racks that were in the new building he is leasing. We asked if we could have some and he said that he was just going to burn it and take what we want. We needed some wood to build a platform so we could work on the tops of the hulls.
We got busy and started pulling out lumber. Ben did most of the work while Budgetboater prepped the hull to put on the decks.
He pulled the racks apart and hauled them over to our place. He then spent a day or so pulling a million nails out of the lumber until he got a nice stack of wood for us.
Oh, yeah, the boat! We glued on the aft deck in three sessions of glueing. This involves mixing the glue and cranking down pretty hard to bend (torture) the plywood into the shape and clamping the hell out of it. We had a bit of an adventure when the plywood, being reluctant to torture, pulled the stringer out of its socket. After some interesting bits of vocabulary, we pulled, clamped, screwed and retortured the whole shebang into place.
Here is a method of work for you epoxy appliers out there. Budgetboater coats larger sheets of ply with epoxy using a wide putty knife. He just pours a bit on, spreads it around and scrapes the excess off. It's much easier and faster than using a paint roller and brush. You can control it better and it looks great.
We needed a better working platform to access the hull tops. I attacked the pile of lumber and constructed a glorified platform to stand on at various heights to work comfortable on the hulls.
I suck at nailing and that lumber has been sitting around for years drying out and getting harder and harder. It's all in the presentation, so I'm calling it a hand crafted platform with custom iron inlays.
Finally, Success! Oh yeah, what's a tuba for???? It's a dimensioned piece of lumber that's nominally two inches by four inches. "I made thet platform outta tuba fors!"
Chuck! Send money!