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    she's looking great! dunno how you keep up the momentum

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    It wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the fact that the boat is 50 paces from my kitchen door. But the momentum is important, it's too easy to get discouraged or distracted otherwise. Even if it's just going out and banging in a few plugs at lunchtime.



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    Yep,... even if just a single plug,... just don't stop and the end moves closer.

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    Im suffering Doug Fir envy...

    I continue to be impressed by this project.

    Bravo!

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    Transom edges are faired in and all the screw holes plugged and faired.



    It's time.









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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post

    Lovely arse.

    I don't know if you said already, but are you leaving it bright?

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    That's the plan Martin, for the first year or two anyway.
    -Jim

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    So until the varnish ritual tips the aesthetics?

    All copied and understood.

    Looking great Jim, lets get her tight.

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    Glad to hear the transom'll be varnished - I think it'll look mighty fine.

    Ain't said much lately (at least here ) - but am still loving the thread & progress!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    I was going to go with eagle guano but I got tired of chasing them around so it was easier to just order screws.
    I tried to get the Skipper to go out and stand under the pine tree with a bucket but she declined...



    Keep up the good work!

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    Great to see all this progress!
    One of the most enduring qualities of an old wooden boat is the smell it imparts to your clothing.

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    Thanks guys!

    So, I went out and watched a couple YouTube videos on caulking. All I can say is that it's harder than it looks. But I finished driving cotton into all the transom seams today, I still need to go around the transom edge. Then the varnish comes out.

    -Jim

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    Looks really nice Jim!
    Not sure I'd go with cotton around the edges, or at least not tucked and drive in like a regular seam. Maybe a single strand laid in lightly and then seam compound.

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    I hadn't given it much thought but I think you maybe right Ned, that joint doesn't play to the fasteners strength like the seams between planks do. I wouldn't want to force the planks off the frame there, and I bet I could with the mallet and iron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    I wouldn't want to force the planks off the frame there, and I bet I could with the mallet and iron.
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    Continually impressed by the fine grade of timber you find to put into this project. Thats going to look sweet clear finished. Cracking job!

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    Still making progress.

    Cotton rolled in around the transom edges.



    Seams primed with varnish and a couple coats on the transom.



    While I am debating with myself on how to deal with the seams on the transom, I decided to start caulking the rest of the boat.







    -Jim

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    I had to make a couple payments at the drill press replenishing the plug supplies with two flavors of cedar.

    Red and yellow.



    And apparently I have gone quite mad, on the seam compound thread Bob suggested that I was putting lipstick on a pig here (and that seam compound or putty is just chalk and linseed oil). So for some crazy reason I thought, why not make some. How hard could it be?

    A lot of chalk, some linseed oil, and a little dash of paint(s) for color.



    That doesn't look too bad.





    The picture doesn't quite do it justice, that color is really close. Is it going to work? Guess I'll find out.
    Last edited by jsjpd1; 04-28-2017 at 10:41 PM.
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    Hi Jim,
    I've been away from the forum for a couple of years and after checking in on Mr Ledger etc and looking for another challenging build found this thread well the last page. After spending a few hours following your journey I'm glad I started at the beginning.

    Congratulation Sir a fine thread and wonderful work I'm impressed by your no nonsense solid approach to the job not to mention the determination required.

    I'll be looking forward to the progress reports please keep the posts coming.

    Regards
    Mike

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    Thanks Mike!

    All the above the waterline seams on the transom have been filled.

    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Nice work on the seam putty Jim. I have no idea if it will work or not, but I'm seriously impressed by the effort!
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    Thanks Chris! I see I have stunned everyone else into silence with the audacity of my cunning plan.

    Maybe this will settle everyone's nerves a little bit, I met a boat this morning and picked up half a load of yellow cedar.

    Mmm...yellow cedar.



    Pretty nice stuff, some of it.

    -Jim

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    Wouldn't exactly call myself stunned into silence (that's pretty much impossible - ask any of my friends - who really wish it was possible ). I'm just sitting back & enjoying your thread. I hope the caulking compound works - I like the idea.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    The stuff left over in the mixing cup has firmed up pretty well, without getting brittle or too hard yet. Checking this morning, the compound on the transom has started to firm up too. I'm going to let it sit for a day or two before messing with it more.
    -Jim

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    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Wow. That is some seriously nice lumber.
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    Maybe this will settle everyone's nerves a little bit, I met a boat this morning and picked up half a load of yellow cedar.

    Mmm...yellow

    Pretty nice stuff, some of it.
    Jim, it does LOOK nice, but, as determined and detail oriented as you usually are, you neglected to press the Aroma Button (tm) and left us out here in Internet Land wondering just how wonderful your load of wood really smells! I'm not judging, just saying. 🤔

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    AYC (IMO) doesn't smell great. POC, on the other hand, has a great lemony smell. I believe it was Bob Cleek who, on a thread I started a few years back, quoted someone as saying AYC smells like menthol cigarette butts ground out in the dirt.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    For really nice smelling lumber you want some Jersey white cedar (Atlantic white cedar). Imaging working in a fresh new cedar closet all day. It is equally wonderful to work with as it is to enjoy the aroma.

    VERY nice looking delivery Jim! Other than garboards what planking needs replacing?

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    I also got a couple of slabs of 8/4 x 12" x 14's today, super nice stuff. I actually don't have anymore planking to do besides the garboards Ned, but when the sawyer calls and asks if you want more wood it's hard to say no.


    Personally I like the smell yellow cedar, now spruce on the other hand...
    -Jim

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    Must be your spruce is different from eastern, as ours smells great. Now hemlock isn't wonderful... Of course, it's all subjective, isn't it?
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Overcoated the transom yesterday and it cured well, so I'm pleased with that.



    I've also been plugging screw holes. At this point I figure I'll get done at some point, maybe, like next year, or the one after.



    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
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    Dude, Great job you are doing...so good to see this rather than the "Can I get away with.....?" threads that are normally seen... The best of luck to you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcford View Post
    Dude, Great job you are doing...so good to see this rather than the "Can I get away with.....?" threads that are normally seen... The best of luck to you!!!
    I am a "Can I get away with.....?" builder and I agree with psford. This has been a great thread to follow.
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    just spent a good part of my day going through this thread. Impressive work. Just shows anything can come back from the brink of destruction.

    Sure wish I had access to lumber sources like you do. Man! That is some beautiful wood you have on that boat. Good job.

    ~Dan

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    What's the goop in lower seams of transom Jim?

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