Hey y’all. Here’s another update of how my CLC Eastport Nesting Pram is going. To be a bit more precise….this is how building the “kit” is going. If I had forked out the $$, I would have been in the “building” phase. But noooooooo… I took the road less traveled and blah blah yada yada…nuf said.
I “rabbet” the planks!
A rabbet is a bit you use in a router to make that little shelf to certain depth. Mine’s a 12mm. The scary part is/was not to screw up which would mean buying new wood, re-drawing the planks, re-cutting etc. The planks are 6mm so cutting out 3mm is nerve wrecking. But hey! It worked out fine!
While I was at it I also routed out where the daggerboard plug goes in the middle thwart (seat. The plug serves to keep your butt dry while rowing!). Then back home I was fine tuning the plug with the rasp and managed to rasp my thumb… twice… in the same place! My left thumb is going to hate boats soon!
I’ve started the preparations if the center bulkhead where the carrage bolts will be fastened. It’s a “drill, fill, drill” method. In order to protect the wood from water entering its pours, you over drill the holes, fill with epoxy and finally re-drill your desired hole.
First a countersink for the bolt head.
Then I filled the holes. I first wet them out with epoxy and then fill them with thickened epoxy with cabosil.
So it’s about time to complete the center bulkhead and start stitching!!! Yeah! Of course I have to drill out all the stitch holes… about all 500 of them!!
ps… whoever I mention the 500 holes I drilled out in my boat give me the weirdest look!
pss… the manual says to buy a lot of drill bits cause they break. I didn’t break any. Is something wrong??