Re: Hartley TS14 Construction
Yes! Use West! Hit small sections of the faying surfaces with a heat gun FIRST and apply unthickened epoxy over each surface as you heat each section. Then thicken the remaining epoxy using West's microfibre so that you have a consistency somewhere between mayonnaise and soft peanut butter. Slather this over one of the faying surfaces about to be joined and clamp the two pieces together. This will ensure that the grain of the timber sucks up epoxy and (A) preserves the timber against water ingress at the join and (B) increases the mechanical glue join by 'hooking' into the grain of each piece to be glued.
If you can avoid using through fastenings that with be removed after you've glued, avoid them. If you use fastenings that will remain, coat their thread and shank with epoxy and screw them in. Clamp until you get a good squeeze out, but don't clamp so hard you starve the join of glue. If you have to unclamp and start again re-spread the epoxy so that you ensure that the join has adequate glue once again.
Don't use microsphere to join surfaces as this mixed with epoxy produces a filleting or fairing compound.
If you have any timber that will get wet and may have trouble drying out again (bilges, etc...), hit it with the heat gun and unthickened epoxy in small sections (150 x 150mm) at a time.
Hope this helps!
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