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Caledonia yawl project: inwhales and frames

The last couple weeks the temperature has been steadily increasing and getting up closer to ten degrees consistently. This has allowed to glue up the inwhales.

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There are three laminations to glue up on each side for the inwhales. Each are 1/2″ by 2″. The first one needs to be beveled down but 1/8″ to allow the inwhales to toe in slightly and not appear too flared. The second lamination needs to be tapered down to 1/4″ at the ends so that the mass of the inwhales does not look too bulky at the bow and stern. The last lamination is full size all the way along.

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All this to say that the preparations for each lamination takes some time. They also have a fair bit of curve and so I have needed to mobilise all the clamps at my disposal.

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Finally this evening with the threat of rain held back for another day I tackled gluing the shroud chainplate compression frame.

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I worked on a flat surface to set it all up and then once it was all clamped up, I tilted the plywood backing up and screwed it to the shed wall where it would away from the elements.

I am feeling good about the progress and now that the cross country season is winding down, I hope to be able to get through a few more big milestones in outfitting the inside of the hull.

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Caledonia yawl project: preparing the gunwhales

This weekend the weather started to turn through the day on Saturday. In the morning it was wet and warmish. But as the day wore on the forcast bore itself out and the temperatures dropped steadily to -9 overnight. With this in mind I decided to forego any gluing and do more things that would set me up for some productive days of gluing when the temperatures start to rise.

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I started by sanding all the fillets I had done in all the interior laps. The last set of fillets I plan on doing are between the aprons (inner stems) and the planking. This will strengthen the bond and present a better surface for painting and keeping clean.

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I also cut all the scarfs needed to lay up three laminations od 1/2 ´´ thick Douglas fir that will be  nearly 21’ long once glued up.  I just found that my last pieces were a little knotty with some grain runout and so I could only get 8’ out of them. I will need to get two more lengths of 13’ 1/2” strips to have all the materials ready.