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Project Log:  Saturday, December 13, 2014

I spent the first half of the day working on stock preparation, only a small amount of which was actually for this project: I dimensioned and edge-straightened enough rough cherry stock to (hopefully) give me what I needed to finish off the few cherry trim projects on board, mainly some additional overhead trim pieces for the forward cabin and the aft lower pilothouse trim. I had more rough cherry stock now on hand, but it takes so long (and I dislike the process so) to plane and straighten the wood that I chose only to do the minimum amount I thought I needed.  Now that my supplier no longer offered basic planing services, which when available had been very reasonably priced and which convenience I'd greatly enjoyed for some years, I'd no choice but to force myself through this (to me) inefficient time-wasting process.

The other material I planed and rough-dimensioned was maple for an unrelated bookshelf project, though this stock preparation (and glue-up of four panels) consumed much of the morning's time (not included in the hours total below).


The overhead trim strips, to which I'd applied several additional coats of tung oil over the past days, were done and ready for installation, so I took care of this next.




Earlier, I'd applied a bead of cosmetic sealant around the main cabin overhead hatches to finish off the top part of the openings above the new inside trim.  With the sealant now cured enough to proceed, I applied paint to the area, the first of a couple coats as needed.



With the basic square trim collar for the forward hatch glued up, my next step was to get it to fit.  When I'd built the overhead long ago, I'd left angled corners on the opening around the hatch recess, perhaps thinking this would be helpful down the road, as at the time I'd given no thought to how the final hatch trim would work out (the hatch itself wasn't even installed back then).  Now, I needed to cut out a bit of these angled corners to allow the square frame to fit within.  Clamping the frame in place, I marked the corners and cut them out with a handsaw, which allowed the frame to fit up and inside.


The rounded and contoured shape of the molded deck area on which the hatch was installed required that I clip the corners of the new frame, and also that I bevel the top outer edge of the frame, narrowing it down so it might fit within the tight confines.  This took a couple rounds up and down to the shop to fine-tune.  Eventually, I'd pared enough material away to approximate the frame's final position, clamped in place for now.  I still needed to trim some material at the after edge, but I left that for next time.



Total Time Today:  3.25 hours

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