Boat designed: George Buehler. Started deck beams on December 1,2004. Keel and deck beams went to the boat shed December, 2006. I have been working on this project for about 10 years and have not lost interest in it. My progress continues. I lost two years due to the storm Sandy. My progress on the boat far exceeds the posts on this site.I am going to post pictures showing progress. Bottom line is building is better than blogging.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Keel the Backbone of the Boat
I decided to laminate my keel out of 2" by 8" Douglas-fir kiln dried wood as opposed to larger sections of wood or timbers. The wood was easily hand picked and I could cut out the bad sections if needed. Each piece was run through the planner to make a nice flat joint when put together. Both faces where covered with resorcinal glue clamped every 8 " or so and left to dry in the shop or basement which were kept at 70 degrees for the drying duration. This is a photo of the two main sections of the keel. I laminated each section separately but here they were stacked on top of each other for spacial reasons. Later as we will see these two parts will be tared together and bolted down. And by the way still no boat shed!