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Up till 3 am last night and here's as far as we got with the framing. It's a slow painstaking process! Cleaned the garage up a little this morning and getting ready to start working some more... just wanted to get some progress pics posted.
Yeah, I plan on doing some tube columns down to the floor to support the decks. I considered aluminum plate for all of my horizontal surfaces, but it would be alot more expensive so the cheaper route for now. If I want to upgrade to all alum decks later, I will at least have nice templates to work from. Too tired to get much done today... three steps forward two steps back, but here are some updates. I'm going to bed!
I have the same boat! Wow, you inspiring me! I have a big question: how did you bend the wood for the gunnel? I need to know how you measured, cut, installed (basically any info you have on that). That part has discouraged me from going any farther thus far because I don't have a clue how to tackle it.
I decided to use white ash because it's easy to bend without having to steam it. White Ash is a relatively light hardwood and also highly impact resistant while being able to hold a screw and other hardware firmly. I purchased the raw wood from Noah's Boat Building supplies online. It took two 1x6's (Actual dimensions) that were approx. 8'-6" long to have enough for my 14 footer. I believe it cost me 85 bucks including shipping for the wood and I had it within 1 week. Luckily I have a buddy that has access to a high school wood shop and a table saw. I had to rip ea. board in half to get them down to 7/16" thick (1/8" saw kerf)... in the end you have eight 7/16" x 2" x 8'-6" gunnel boards after alot of ripping of the boards. I then sandwiched the upper edge (1 inch) of aluminum between the two boards. Using a bunch of clamps, set your boards in place and drill and screw. Every other bolt goes through the aluminum and the wood while the rest of the bolts go through just wood (see photos). The real key to being able to sandwich your boards together tightly is to cut a saw kerf in the lower half of one of the halves so that you allow for the thickness of the aluminum. I made this "groove" 1 in. tall along the lower half of the gunnels. This groove makes it easier to set your boards in place along the top edge of the aluminum too just prior to clamping. This is hard to describe, so if I'm confusing you let me know and I will try harder and take better photos. Since UPS can only ship 9 foot long boxes, I had to splice two peices together to get the full length I needed and just hid the splice behind a set of oarlocks (see photos). I also worried about this step of the restoration more than anything else, so I hope this helps others. When I was searching the internet for others with a similar boat, I couldn't find anyone!
dang man! i can't wait to see more.
This framing [Censored] is for the birds!! I'm not sure this phase of the project is ever going to end, but I thought it was time to post some more pics of the progress as of this morning. I got a good night sleep last night and soaked my feet this morning, so I'm hoping to get alot done today... I'm getting too old for this! I really just want to be done!!
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Wow, that's one great looking rig, and the wood gunwales really add to the overall look! Outstanding work!
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Thanks guys. We figured out how to do all the lids today and I will be posting some more updates later, so check back. It's all starting to finally come together. I have a bet with the neighbor that I will have it done by my birthday on August 9th. Gotta keep busting you know what!
Here are the pics of the lid design we will use throughout the boat. They are really strong and lightweight. I used continuous piano hinge cut to length with lightgauge framing and 1/16 in. aluminum top plate all riveted together with 1/8 in. rivets. I'm taking a break for a few days to let the carpal tunnel pain in my wrists subside enough to finish! I don't think I'm going to make the deadline for my bet... oh well.
It's starting to feel like it's coming together! Thank god because I want to be finished and do some fishing . Some more pics of the progress. I've been taking a ton of pics to hopefully tell the story because I think good pics are better than a bunch of words, but if anyone has any questions, I would be glad to go into more detail about how I did something... let me know.