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    Default New Build: Atkin Russell R

    I have the glass cloth, tape, and epoxy, and the Okume plywood will be delivered Monday to my shop. I have had the plans for the Russell R now for several years and am finally going to build it. I did the lofting and built the forms from old growth fir 3 1/2 inch t&g decking (ripped off the tongue). Beautiful wood to work with if you dont mind the occaisional splinters.I plan to assemble the panels right on my lofting table, then take the table apart, build the strongback, assemble the forms and go to work. I am determined to figure out how to post pictures as I go along. One challenge will be converting from plank on white oak to plywood but thanks to previous work by others who have built the same boat, I know it can be done.

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    Cleaned (and I use the word loosely) the shop today in prep for the ply delivery tomorrow. A bit of a logistic problem, The trucking company called and will only deliver to the curb. How to move a nearly one half ton package of ply from curb to shop? Solution: Neighbor with hay wagon will accept the package at curbside and deliver it to my shop door. Getting excited to transform lofting into boat building. I plan to use Peyson butt joints on all panels so things should move along quickly.

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    Good on ya. Looking forward to both the build fotos... and the finished product. Nice choice of designs, btw.
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    P1010002.jpgfirst time to sucessfully post a picture. This is my lofting table, soon to be work table. It runs the full length of the shop.

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    Attachment 3919lofting was a pain as I was clueless and the worst thing was that it is a simple flat bottomed boat, but my friend Geoff Kerr explained how to take the measurements from the lofting table and using that information to lay out the frames. One nice thing about drawing them out is it is pretty easy to see a mistake before you build the frame.P1010004.jpg

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    Bottom cut to shape using half breadths taken from the lofting, first side panel glued up. Tomorrow another one, then the bottom. Not sure on the Peyson butt joints on the 1/2 bottom ply, I plan to make them extra wide. There is almost no curvature in the bottom so should be OK Finger crossed. Tentative name for the boat will be BUNKY II. Here is a pic of our Nina/Ninegret/Handy Billy (I borrowed from all three sets of plans)P1010001.jpg
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    Sorry for any confusion, photo in #6 above is of the original BUNKY.

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    Bunky's a beaut, and Russel R has the nicest lines:



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    Subscribed! looking forward to this.
    Simmons Sea Skiff build photos here:
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    Disaster has struck. On one of my Peyson butt joints on the bottom glue up, one panel shifted out of alignment just enough for the glass to separate from the plywood just enough to ruin the joint in the center 2/3 of the panel. Spent the morning scraping the glass tape that had not bonded and am preparing to redo. The problem was not apparent until I uncovered it ans saw what had happened. All of the others came out fine. A minor setback, but it will end up costing me days in the end.l need to wait until the epoxy gets really hard before I can take the sander with the 36 grit paper to it as now it would simply gum up the paper. Bummer. I need to slow down and be more careful. I would post a pic but... arrrggh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    Disaster has struck. On one of my Peyson butt joints on the bottom glue up, one panel shifted out of alignment just enough for the glass to separate from the plywood just enough to ruin the joint in the center 2/3 of the panel. Spent the morning scraping the glass tape that had not bonded and am preparing to redo. The problem was not apparent until I uncovered it ans saw what had happened. All of the others came out fine. A minor setback, but it will end up costing me days in the end.l need to wait until the epoxy gets really hard before I can take the sander with the 36 grit paper to it as now it would simply gum up the paper. Bummer. I need to slow down and be more careful. I would post a pic but... arrrggh
    Judicious use of a heat gun and scraper can speed you along in removing that tape...

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    Heat gun? Good idea Robert. I took the grinder to it, I will try the heat gun in the future. Less dust in the air that way I am sure. Anyway, moving along, and when I flip the bottom I can try the heat gun on the back side which I am sure suffered the same fate.

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    Finally found my camera so will be able to post some new pics shortly. Making progress on the boat. Big problem is transforming plans for a wooden boat built in the conventional manner to stitch and glue, but so far things are working out. I built all of the forms according to the offsets, assembled the bottom and side panels trimmed all to fit the dimensions taken from the lofting table and have begun assembly. I needed the help of my fifty year old son to hang the side panels onto the bottom and warp it around the forms, but she went well. OK, out to the shop to take some pics. More soon.

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    Just found this thread and will be following every post. That should be a fine craft. What boats do you still have? Your fleet, like mine, keeps growing.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Just found this thread and will be following every post. That should be a fine craft. What boats do you still have? Your fleet, like mine, keeps growing.
    Hi Rich, went out to take pics but battery was dead, now in the charger. I sold BUNKY as above, still have FESTIVUS, the 22 foot houseboat, sold my Old Town plastic canoe, bought a kevlar kayak and found my bad shoulders did not like the double ended paddle, sold it, bought a 13 foot Grumman canoe to replace it and we love it. Hope to replace it with a SOF canoe sometime in the future. Also have a solo canoe I built some years ago, my Cape Dory 10 that we use as a dinghy and a nice 1937 Old Town canoe awaiting restoration.... so not so many boats really. Right now I am looking for a trailer for the Russell R. Don't want to spend the long $ for a brand new trailer so have been scouring CL. For all of its length,22 feet, the RR is not a very heavy boat and will only sport a 15 hp OB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    ...went out to take pics but battery was dead...
    Ya, well the suspense is killing the rest of us so hurry up!
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    Here are some photos of recent progress. Wish I had taken pics of the forms before I got the ply in place. Kind of interesting to see the skeleton.I was pleased with the way the stem came out, I have three layers of tape on it, two of the layers are 16 oz. biax. Amazing how much strength from the tape.

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    sorry, don't know why it is so small. Here are some more.
    P1010002.jpgP1010004.jpgP1010004.jpgP1010005.jpgSorry again, my shop is so small I cannot get far enough away for a good shot, tools in the way, etc. The shots are before I put the "transom" in place, a look up the skirt you might say. All kinds of rack bracing on the forms. I had a brand new box of gloves way up in the bow that I could not get to after I put the skin on and so my 5 year old grandson crawled all the way up to fetch them for me. Handy little fellow. The las pic is of the transom in place with screws until the epoxy sets up, then some trimming, rounding over and glass on all of the outside seams as was done in the bow.
    P1010007.jpg
    Oh, I see, the pics got big after I posted them. I have not trimmed the sides or transom at the height of the sheer and will do that after I flip the hull.

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    Is the joint (scarf or butt?) on the side panel taped? That can make for some tricky fairing.
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    All Peyson butt joints. Have done this on all of my builds with no problems, although it does take more time and effort in fairing. On the upside, none of the inside will need extra work as it will be out of sight There are eight in all. Four on the bottom and two on each side. After minimal fairing I will cover the entire hull in a layer of 16 oz. biax fabric, fill the weave, paint with a high build primer and see how she looks. Usually by then there is not much more to do.

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