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Re: [bolger] Re: Cartopper/Sea Bird construction question

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  • Jeff Blunck
    Wow, I thought I was the only one putting screws on the wrong side. I ve done that twice already on two different boats. When putting the front of my
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 25, 2001
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      Wow, I thought I was the only one putting screws on the wrong side. I've
      done that twice already on two different boats.

      When putting the front of my Tennessee together, I used 1x4 stock on the
      bottom of the frames, with about the equivalent size on the tops (cut down
      1x6 stock) with 1x2 on the sides. The frames still bowed in the middle when
      I put the sides on. I ended up having to force several 1x2s lengthwise
      between the frames to keep them aligned. I like your idea of using
      temporary 2x4 stock until the deck and bottom pieces are attached. I just
      hope I can remember on the next boat.

      Funny thing about it all was that it took several days for the bows to show
      up! That night as the epoxy was setting after attaching the sides, all the
      measurements and to the eye everything was perfect. Two days later when I
      went to fillet and tape the seams, it was fairly obvious what had happened.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <binksboats@...>
      To: <bolger@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 2:32 PM
      Subject: [bolger] Re: Cartopper/Sea Bird construction question

      > Peter,
      > I agree with the other replies to your question. I am building
      > a Cartopper and will add that I used scrap 1 X 2's on the edges of the
      > frames and fastened the sides and bottom to them with sheetrock
      > screws. When the plywood was bent on to the frames they took on a
      > definite bow. I clamped 2 X 4's to the middle of each frame to
      > straighten them while I wired and filleted the long seams. However,
      > when I put the first course of the gunwales on, the bowing went away.
      > BTW...It helps to plan ahead when deciding which side of the frame
      > gets the temp. framing. In tight areas the screw heads should be on
      > the wider side of the frame. Guess which side I used up in the bow?
      > Bink.
      > --- In bolger@y..., pvanderw@o... wrote:
      > >
      > > In an original Instant Boat, eg Teal, the frames have a 1/x2 nailer,
      > > and the sides are firmly nailed on as the bull goes 3D. With
      > > Cartopper, there is just the edge of the plywood frame. How does the
      > > whole thing get attached together and aligned so that the fillet and
      > > tape can be done?
      > >
      > > Would the same method work on the much bigger Sea Bird '86? If not,
      > > how would that boat be built? Strongback? Basket mold?
      > >
      > > Just curious.
      > >
      > > Peter
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