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X. PLANKING LOWER HULL

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August 1, 2009

I apologize for not having any images or documentation logs to present. I have been distracted by other projects and daily living chores. Please check back in a few weeks, hopefully around August weekend of 7th, I will be able to get back to the Trinidad Project. I have all my materials ready to start Planking the lower hull. I am anxious about getting back onto the project.

Thank you for your patience and I know it is frustrating to visit a site and no more updates. I am writting this to my fellow followers of the project to let all of you know that I have not abandoned the project.

Thank you for your visits !

Donnie





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October 11, 2009

OK !!! So, it has been a while since I have posted here. I thought I would never get back to ship. There has been a lot going on here. My wife and I went back to the Philippines. Fortunately we missed the Typhoons - we made it back before that happened to us. If you look hard enough, I am sure that some of you will find some problems, but I am satisfied with my work - that counts - for me at least.
Anyway, I am well underway with the lower planking. The thick wood (single planking) is really a challenge to deal with. It takes a lot of time and patience to get the wood to bend in the manner of which you want it. I have patience, but not THAT much. Sometimes the wood starts to crack just a little and I back off - you really can't tell. But, the good news is that the area in the pictures that you see will be "covered up" with wales so I am not worried too much. At least I have a nice smooth transitions. I only focus on the stern and not the bow. I have not even glued nor bent the wood for the bow as that will come later. Now that I have 3 pieces on each side, now I will glue the rest of the (3) on each side to the hull and focus on the bow. After that I will need to determine the way I am going to plank the rest of the hull. On this ship, you really have to plank the first section the way I have it (according to the directions) and the images that came with the book - but we all know that we can deviate from this. I decided to stick with the known factors. I am well pleased with what I have here so far. I am sure that someone that has more experience and has a nice wood bender (hot iron) would be able to accomplish it better, but I only bend it using hot water and my hands.

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October 24, 2009

Had a chance to do some more work on it this past week. Enjoy !

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October 31, 2009

Just adding more Planking - nothing major to report - I continue to add planking one at a time. I prefer to concentrate on one strip on each side to sand it down and finish it to see the overall finish before I move on to the next strip. I am doing about 1 to 2 strips per day now.

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November 4, 2009

This first view shows how I use a simple method of bending the two planks preparing them for placement as the Garboard Plank. You will notice the hard twist in near the middle.

The next view show that even though the instruction do not mention anything at all about fairing the stern, I decided to do so. It will allow for planking to fit better and to be able to sand it down to a better finish.

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November 5, 2009

This first view shows the bow section of the Garboard Plank. The False Keel is sitting in place temporarily.

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November 7, 2009

It is open for debate if I have my first planking started correctly at the False Keel. I think the stern part of the garboard plank might be pointing downward a little too much.

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November 10, 2009

More planking ahead. After this step, I plan to add some battens to help keep the alignments of the planking in order.

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November 22, 2009

More planking.

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November 27, 2009

This is a technique I came up with due to myself questioning my symmetry of the hull on both sides. Image #1 shows that I generously applied masking tape over the area that I want to compare with (the other side). I applied about 3 layers of tape to make the tape sturdy enough because I am going to pull this tape off and the important thing is that I want the tape to [b]"maintain its shape"[/b] when I pull it off.

This next images just shows the "form" of the tape being held in my hand. I am now going to FLIP THE TAPE OVER and apply it to the other side of the hull.

The last image show that I now have the tape in place and yes, the STICKY side is to me and you can tack this reversed side down with more tape like I did to "shape" the hull. Then remove the tape. I have already shaped the hull on the (right of image). Please remember something important. I used the bottom edge of the tape as a reference point. (the point where the upper hull meets the lower hull)

I hope this helps someone struggling with some of the same things I am.

Enjoy !!

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December 23, 2009

It has been a while since I posted my progress. It is what it is as they say !

It ain't much longer before I close that gap. You will see problems and mistakes that I plan to work on after lower hull is planked up. The front of the bluff bow has some small openings. This is just where some of the wood chipped out and I need to shape a piece (form it to fit) in those tiny gaps so it will look better.

So far, no wood filler used. I can say that it has been a mixed blessing having a single planked hull. First, once it is done, its done. You do not have to go back with another layer. The other part is that the 2mm thick - hard as a brick planks are a pain ! I found that just simple running the plank under near boiling water helps.

Thank goodness for Cynoacrylate and accelerator !

Thanks for watching

Donnie

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December 27, 2009

It has been a while since I posted my progress. It is what it is as they say !

I have finally completed the lower planking. In the next section on the next page, I will start with the planking of the Wales, Rubbing Strakes, and Cannon Port Lids. There are several places that need attention on the Hull to make correction for some mistakes. It is just common touch up work. This will be done later.

Donnie

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