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    Default Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    I love steam bending wood.
    I've not done it to any great level of accomplishment, but it is such a pleasure (to work with wood in the shed )

    Here's a form made up.
    I made two identical forms so i could get on with the job.

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    I pulled out the steam box i made a couple of years ago and sectioned off a portion for the 500mm x 8mm x 50mm pieces.
    Attached my plastic hose to the kettle sitting on a single gas burner.

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    The slats are proped up so they are in the roof of the box, and i've used wood screws to sperate them to allow the steam to move around them.
    Also - i had been soaking them for the last 3 days. not sure if that does anything positive but i got no cracking.

    I got the whole thing running but about 25mins in i ran out of gas. But the slats seemed to be hot so i went for it.

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    And after the practice run, number 2 went together just fine.

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    And a shot of my extremely untidy workshop showing steam box on trestles, and frames on the bench.

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    Thats where i left them.
    i'll see if i can glue them up tonight or tomorrow night ready for transport to the boat yard on Saturday for cutting and fitting.
    (A quick run through the thicknesser saturday morning first to bring them from 50mm to 40mm molding).
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    Default Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    So you'll fix the frames with nice long scarfs spanning several planks, while the engine is out?
    Maybe........

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    Wow you've been busy

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    Got the frame sections glued up.



    AND picked up the brand spanking new Beta 30hp marine diesel.




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    Default Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Now, that is exciting - congratulations!

    Rick

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    Cheers Rick,
    Having it at hand does add a little more impetus to get this thing back in the water!
    It is going to be soooo nice to have a solid reliable motor.

    Bought new flares today in anticipation of my open water jaunt first weekend back in the water - or maybe second....
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    That's a solid looking frame gyps!
    The engine looks a bit boxy though. Might need a few coats of epoxy.

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    It just keeps getting beta and beta.

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    Default Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Couple of frame questions.
    What type of glue? And how long do you allow the steamed timber to dry before gluing?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geftb View Post
    Couple of frame questions.
    What type of glue? And how long do you allow the steamed timber to dry before gluing?
    Cheers


    The slats are about 8mm each at there are six in each unit.
    Epoxy liberally applied and clamped until some squeezes out, but not so tight it starved it.
    I left the timber clamped to the mould for about 2 days, but I had intended only for 24 hours. There was evidence of moisture, but it was far from wet. I separated them for a few minutes and the surface dried off quickly.
    They stand back a bit when released, but took the mild form readily when reclamping.

    I really like the process of steaming. My box needs a few tweaks, I need a better piping system. A way of getting more steam in faster could be better for big pieces. Bigger boiler with more water maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsie View Post
    That's a *very* short scarf, especially if you are just butting the bottom end. Cutting it to at least 6:1 really isn't a lot more work (i know, easy for me to say ), and will give it a reasonable chance of actually hanging together.

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    Default Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Wow, just when I thought I knew a bit about engines, along comes an engine which closely resembles a wooden box. I wonder if it still works on the principals of suck squeeze bang blow...

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