Yet another update on the CLC Eastport Nesting Pram. The technique building this little boat is known as “stitch & glue”. Last post was about the gluing. Time for fillets!
A couple of summers ago my cuz John showed me the art of filleting fish. This post has nothing to do at all about filleting fish. But just looking at these old pics…. I’m drooling with the idea of marinated anchovies!
‘Nuf nonsense! In boat building fillets (pronounced “fill-it”) are used to fill gaps and to adhere parts. It’s just a bunch of epoxy with cabosil filler and wood flour mixed to a peanut butter consistency. So now it’s time to glue the transoms and the dual center bulkhead. But before that I actually measured and noticed some twist in the hull, so I removed the transoms and restitched them a bit more precisely. Naturally they were stuck from my messy epoxy runoffs so a dremmel came in handy! I then “spot welded” them so I could take out the wires before filleting.
Time to fillet! So as we said, mix the epoxy with the “stuff” and make the “peanut butter”. Then put a ziploc bag in a container and glob out the mix. Close up the bag, squeez it around and then snip the corner. This makes it easy to apply… like a pastry bag with whip cream!…(well… not quite!) Any how, my first batch was small, too small and I realized I was gonna need goobs of this stuff. I eventually found a larger container!
So… squeeze the stuff in the gaps, use a round spatula to make the “fillet” and clean up the mess! And speaking of a mess, I’ve made a total mess of describing this procedure! This video will make more sense.
Anyhow, here is how it showed up
There is an art to this procedure…. and I ain’t got it! But …hey! Check it out!
ps… meanwhile back on Zoot Allures, I sanded and oiled the rub rails. No pics cause it got dark and my arms had fallen off
pss…. it is sooo impossible to take photos of epoxy sequences…. for obvious reasons!