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Here is the lamination of 2x6 planks to make the mizzen mast. One thing to note about these planks is they should be used immediately after purchase. Or they should be kept in a similar temperature and humidity until they are used. In a house they are constrained to position and they stay that way. In a mast they must be glued, shaped, rounded, and sealed as soon as possible.

Since today was forecast to get up to 60 I decided to work on the hull. I had 5 courses of new cedar strip on each side that was nailed but not glued. I had done an experiment in painting a small section inside the hull. The idea was that the epoxy would soak into the cracks between the strips and glue them together. Doing it this way would be quicker. After examining the results I was really skeptical that that really happened. I also thougth that I should take the time and do it right for such a critical part of the boat that the hull is. Thus I decided to remove the five courses. I laid them out in the order and side that I removed them. The proper way turns out to be to thouroughly slather each mating surface of the strip with epoxy and then nail them together. I did this and got three courses done on one side only before it got dark.


Here the strips are staged for reinstallation. The ones where I did the experiment showed that painting was not a good way to go. The epoxy soaked less than 1/2 way through, and often left a gap. Maybe 10% of the surface was actually attached. It was easy to pry these apart. Except in a couple of cases I can even reuse the strips.