January 18, 2002 - Volume 1, Issue #6
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Construction Journal

This page details the long odyssey that is my construction of theAcorn Tender, an Iain Oughtred-designed 8 foot lap-strake dinghy. This page shows the very last entry I've made in the journal, but if you. want to view them sequentially, just hit 'Go To First Journal Page', or you can go to the bottom of this page and pick from a list of entries. Enjoy!

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5/22/02 - Transom Knees II
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Here's the finished first knee clamped in place. I haven't glued it up yet, but I have already shaped it and fit it for gluing. I'll glue it in when I laminate the other knee, which will be after the wet wood dries, most likely tomorrow night. I tend to glue up more than one thing at a time to avoid wasting epoxy, but that strategy has been less than spetacularly successful. Maybe one of these days I'll snap a photo of all the mixing bowl-shaped hunks of glue I have laying around and post it to this site.

Construction Journal Entries by Date

Date of EntrySubject
4/8/01 The Decision
4/9/01 Choosing the boat
4/10/01 Kevin Springs into Action
4/11/01 A Slow News Day
4/12/01 Work Bench Genesis
4/13/01 The Plans Arrive
4/13/01 The Plans Arrive
4/14/01 Building Frame
4/15/01 The Complete Frame
4/16/01 Marking Lines
4/17/01 Moulds partway done
4/19/01 Mounting the Moulds
4/19/01 Mounting the Moulds
4/19/01 Mounting the Moulds
4/25/01 The Transom Brace
4/26/01 Fitting the Transom Boards
5/9/01 Okay, the stem
5/16/01 A Laminated Stem
5/21/01 The Transom
5/27/01 A Leap of Faith
5/27/01 A Leap of Faith Continued
7/2/01 I'm Back!
7/4/01 Happy Birthday!
7/7/01 Making Patterns
7/4/01 Pattern in Place
10/28/01 Placing the garboard strake
10/29/01 Placing the second garboard strake
11/02/01 Cutting the rebate
11/02/01 Making clamps
11/03/01 Placing the next plank
11/04/01 Plank, plank, plank
11/09/01 If you half-squint your eyes...
11/19/01 Taking Shape
11/19/01 So Many Clamps
11/20/01 Every Morning is Christmas Morning
11/21/01 The Okoume Death March Continues
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part 1
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part 2
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part 3
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part Four
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part Five
12/02/01 The Final Plank Part Six
12/18/01 Fairing the Bow
12/22/01 Shaping the Outer Stem
12/22/01 Plugs, Plugs, Plugs
12/23/01 Wood for the Keel
12/27/01 Attaching the Outer Stem, Part I
12/27/01 Attaching the Outer Stem, Part II
12/27/01 Attaching the Outer Stem, Part III
12/28/01 Contemplating the Keel
12/28/01 Contemplating the Keel, Part II
12/29/01 First Gunwale, Part I
12/29/01 Second Gunwale, Part I
1/20/02 Second Gunwale, Part II
2/3/02 Keel, Part I
2/3/02 Keel, Part II
2/10/02 The Skeg
2/11/02 Shaping the Keel
2/11/02 The Bilge Runners
2/11/02 Prep for Varnishing
2/13/02 It's a Boat!
2/18/02 Aaargh!
2/18/02 The Payoff
2/18/02 Updating the Web Site
2/18/02 Okay, Here's Maggie
2/18/02 Another View
3/16/02 Inwales
3/16/02 Breasthook
3/16/02 Centerboard Slot
3/16/02 Painting the Hull
3/16/02 The Pretty Sheerstrake
3/21/02 Painting Complete
3/23/02 Laminating the First Floor
3/23/02 The Deluxe Floor-Gluing Jig
3/23/02 The First Floor in Place
3/27/02 Floors Complete
4/30/02 Gluing the Fancy Inwale
4/30/02 Inwale Complete
5/22/02 Centerboard Case
5/22/02 Transom Knees
5/22/02 Transom Knees II

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