Eva Too – Small Stuff

Or, maybe we could call this post “Waiting for epoxy to cure, episode 496.”

Let’s prep the rub rails while that last coat of epoxy is curing. They’re easy. These will go on the outside of the hull just below the edge of the deck, and are intended to take the abuse of banging into docks, other boats, and such. They’re skimpy little things 1/4 inch by 3/4 inch, ash, scarfed lengthwise to a bit longer than needed. … and still longer than my wonderfully long, but still too short, bench. Preparation of these parts includes three operations. three photos of fabricating the rub railsI taper the height of the rail for about 18 inches toward each end. Shortening the height by about 1/8 inch at the ends, shaved from the bottom edge, subtly accentuates the curve of the sheer.

Next, the edges are chamfered. One could use a dedicated chamfer plane for this, but I decided to use the money for 438 Milky Way bars instead. My method of chamfering these long pieces uses a collection of little 45 degree blocks, adhered with my favorite temporary adhesive, and propped up against a row of dogs. They laughed when I made a dog for every dog hole in my bench. A few block plane passes, flip the other way, and a few more block plane passes, and we’re done chamfering. Lastly, a 1/16 inch hole every 4 inches sets these up for nailing to the boat. I’ll set them aside now and attach them later.

two photos of fabricating the coamingNext day, that epoxy is cured enough to work around. So, let’s fit out the coaming. It is mostly 6mm plywood which gets attached to the carlins around the cockpit opening. The raw edges on the front are covered with a nose block. Mine is a bit different than the one pictured in the builder’s manual, and of course I like mine with its arrowhead base, better. This is really fussy work. Everything is either curved or angled. The block and arrowhead are built up from small bits of mahogany (Never throw anything away). Here again, this prep work gets done to a certain stage, pieces get marked with “p” or “s,” and then set aside.

Next … why one needs 438 Milky Way bars.

2 Responses to “Eva Too – Small Stuff”

  1. Kerry Says:

    Bob, I’m curious. Did you consider just planing down the length freehand? Once begun it’s fairly easy to keep to an angle, and vary it if it shifts. Alternately, one could clamp a long strip at both ends and maybe the middle, and use the edge of the bench of a riser board as a surface to hold a block plane at an angle to the edge. Of course, you did make those nice triangle pieces.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kerry,
    Yes, I did … once before when I did similar work on a previous boat. I have two reasons for this approach. First, I can keep a plane parallel to a bench top a lot easier than I can keep it tilted near 45 degrees. More important though is work holding. These are long (14 feet), thin, whipity-whipity pieces. Yes, they could be pressed against a long board that’s held to the bench with holdfasts, but by the time they’re close enough to the edge of the bench for 45 degree planing, they want to be Lemmings and jump over the edge. There’s madness to my method. :)

    You produce some very handsome furniture. Impressive sideboard! Hey folks, click on Kerry’s name and take a look.