A pair of perfect glue joints. They didn't get that way just by luck. Basically I have established a procedure for getting these.

  1. Carefully cut and dry fit all parts. Sand until a good fit is obtained.
  2. Rough sand any joint faces that are southern yellow pine. Apparently the lumber store puts some kind of wax on the wood to make it look pretty and slide easily. But it causes the wood to not adhere to the epoxy as well as desired.
  3. Brush all dust off the surfaces.
  4. Paint both faces with epoxy. Do not allow any dust particles or paint brush hairs to get on the glue.
  5. Mix the remaining epoxy with some thickener powder and apply. The idea is to be sure to have excess glue to squeeze out.
  6. Fit and clamp the pieces together to make sure that the joint is horizontal to minimize glue runoff. Don't try to glue more than two pieces together into the same assembly at one time as it increases the chance of misalignment and is more difficult to clamp.
  7. In corners tip the glue squeeze out. Dress flat edges by sanding once the epoxy has cured for a day.

The base of bulkhead #2 is in place. #2 is more flimsy looking than others as it must enclose the cabin space. The plan is to join the port side of #2 with the base.

The end pieces of the centerboard trunk are in place. I glued these for one side only. I will lay in fiberglass on both sides before closing up the centerboard trunk.

Another piece goes on bulkhead #3.

This piece will help secure the starboard side of bulkhead #2 in place. It also forms a little bin to store dry food in. Above this, I plan to put in a small propane stove, a sink and a bit of counter to form the galley.

The number 0 frame is set in place. For now this is attached to the stem but not the keelson.