Week Fifteen – Wednesday

Applying epoxy to the inner gunnels

Applying epoxy to the inner gunnels

This week is all about gunnels. Not unlike laminating up the stems, with fewer but much longer pieces, it took just as many hands, clamps and quantities of epoxy. The first step was planing the 12 foot lengths of ash and then tapering the last few feet towards the stems. One end of each strip had to be shaped to fit the stem and the opposite end was bevelled for a scarf joint. All three laminations were glued up at once which took a considerable amount of time and made us appreciate the fact we are using the slow epoxy hardener. The whole process now has to be repeated on the starboard side.

Unfortunately we were so busy that photos of the other jobs taking place in the shop were missed. The trailer received a coat of primer and the fenders were fabricated, floorboards were cut to length and fastened together to make four removable sections and the oar blades were sanded in preparation for painting.

Cleaning up the excess epoxy

Cleaning up the excess epoxy

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