Sunday, January 12, 2014

Rudder and centerboard lamination

I decided it was time to get the rudder and centerboard pieces assembled, so I spread glue on the mating faces, using a notched spreader to distribute the epoxy across the surface.

 Then applied clamps until I had squeeze out all along the seam.

Here's a shot of the centerboard clamping.  It takes a lot of clamps!  At the far end of the table you can catch a glimpse of my 23 gauge pin nailer.  After I slid the halves around until they were in alignment I shot a few 1" stainless pins in to keep the parts from sliding around while clamping pressure was applied.  That worked well.

I've also glued up the puzzle joint in the cockpit sole, and have been busy epoxy coating all the major parts of the boat that would need it sooner or later.  Sole, sole doubler, deck parts, transom cap.  I'm running out of parts, so that's good.  It will be nice to have them all ready to go at assembly time.


  1. Hey Dave, just ran across your blog (Small Craft Advisor forum link), nice work!! Love you attention to detail, it's going to be a beauty.

    All the best,

  2. Thanks, Dale! If it turns out as nice as yours I'll be happy!