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  Sheaving  the bottom boards Planking now continues......... Lots of clamps are useful, some bought and some made Planking now almost complete, just the sheer strake to go !

Garboards

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I managed to get both garboards fitted at the weekend despite the cold temperatures. Fairing the join Glass tape added over the joins  

Build Frame assembly, sheathing strake joints, sheathing & attaching the sole

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  Joining sole pieces with string line to check straightness   Sheathing sole and join in strakes Setting up frame and stem   Sole bonded The first garboard trial fit, the cold weather has delayed any further epoxying in the evenings this week, as I would have to heat my poorly insulated garage all night, hopefully this weekend will warm up a little so I can continue.........

More components made

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Glueing up the stem Laminating the false stem Glueing up the tiller Starting a spar Routing the side seat hatch holes before assembly Transom glued up with a slightly thickened top section for added strength

Centre Board & Rudder

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  Shaping Centre Board Shaping all done & rudder stock glued up. I have decided to add lead to the centre board and control with a line aft, as opposed to the bungee used in the design, but more about that later. Steel rods were added to hold the cast lead in place Casting the lead went very well Sheathing after the lead had cooled

Getting started with a model and Cutting out all the grown up Pieces on CNC

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Being someone with a background in woodwork and a passion for small water craft, it has always been an ambition of mine to combine the two and build my own boat. I assumed it would eventually happen as a retirement project (in approximately 12 yrs time) but after a conversation with a friend last summer, and encouraged by my wife, the consensus was "why wait", "do it now" they said. So the decision was made to spend large sums of money and lots of weekends in the shed !!!! I wasn't planning on blogging the build, but thought I might record it with photographs. I have found looking at other's build logs really useful so thought I would share my progress. Having access to a CNC router, I was able to cut my own components, and with a laser cutter cut a 1/4 scale model kit to practice with, and test the files, same techniques just in miniature. This has given me more confidence for the 'real' one !     Making a 1/4 scale model was a really useful practic