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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Getting good wood

I'm alone in my house for a week or so while my wife and kids are visiting with family, so now's a great opportunity to hijack the basement with big sheets of plywood.  After briefly considering ordering less expensive ply of questionable pedigree, I took the plunge and ordered six sheets of Joubert brand 6mm, 5-ply, Okoume marine plywood from Robert's Plywood on Long Island.  The clincher was that they'd deliver to my door the next day (because they happened to be making a delivery nearby anyway). $90 a sheet, delivered.  All my internet compadres said, "good deal on great wood" and "you can't go wrong with Joubert, and that's a good price for it."

The good stuff



Can I lay out two sheet end-to-end as required for the side panels and the bottom?  Just barely:

Typical bachelor behavior

I can't loft the big pieces yet because I don't have a fairing batten long enough yet.  But I did lay out the patterns on one sheet last night: the transom, front seat and two bulkheads.  At this point I must state for the record that while I think Michael Storer is a brilliant designer and overall nice guy, his method for marking out the parts is BONKERS.  There.  I got it off my chest.  I'm smart enough to understand how to get where he wants me to go, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done it this way myself.  My goal is to loft a sheet per night for four nights (including the two double sheets) and then cut them all out.  But I do need a batten...

Oh yeah, and I need more lumber so I can frame the parts up.  If all goes well, I can go 3-D when the family returns.  I really do want the kids to have a hand in this build, I swear...

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