`Wednesday 22nd – the building frames are finished!

Tonight we finished connecting the building frame section halves  together using fish-plates made from scrap ply on both sides of the upper sections and the cross-spalls from CLS timber. We then assembled the complete  building frames roughly on the building support (the ‘caterpillar’) to create our mould.

Joining the two halves of the last mould section

It won’t be long now before we make a start with the keel and the first planks!  Ewan seems confident that we can get the planking done by the end of September.

Building frame sections assembled to make the complete mould

Building frame sections assembled to make the complete mould

Meanwhile others were cleaning up the epoxied hull frames ready to attach them to the appropriate sections of the mould when the time comes.

Cleaning up the epoxied frames - these are what the planks attach to.

Cleaning up the epoxied frames – these are what the planks attach to.

The laminated stems are looking good –  no gaps, and as they are about 3/16 oversize there is plenty of leeway when cleaning them up and planing them.

Finished stem being cleaned up

Finished stem being cleaned up

If you want to come along and help on Wednesdays there is always something to do.

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