Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teaking OUT!!

Wouldn't it be great if I could just start talking about the boats at the beginning of these posts instead of writing something that is moderately interesting but totally unrelated to the projects that we are working on? So there no posts for a week.......we were sanding around the clock prepping the outside cockpit and inside the wheelhouse. I guess I could have taken a picture of a pile of dust or maybe a clean boat builder in the morning vs a powdered boat builder in the afternoon. Sanding can give a good idea of the actual size of a boat, this boat is huge (lots of corners and curves to hand sand). In the picture the wheelhouse has been primed out and the area around the windows has been painted. Today the rest of the wheelhouse was painted (not pictured). I think the color choice will work well with the teak, tough to show in a photo though. Once all the wheelhouse paint is completed the windows can be reinstalled and the headliner can go up.

The truckload of teak has been milled up into usable pieces. Care was taken to minimize waste and we tried to estimate how much of each style of board we were going to need for this boat. Once everything is cut to fit and drilled out all the teak will need to be sanded and oiled. Then reinstalled and probably sanded and oiled again. Jeff and I have been working together this week getting the teak cut for the overhead. Two sets of hands on this type of job is a necessity, lots of "you drill this one while I cut this one" type stuff. We're making good progress and Jeff has been jumping up to help Dan Jr. with the painting.

A more unimpressive photo you will not find. Thicker teak was cut to fit around the entire perimeter of the trunk top, then thinner 2" slats run athwart ship (new word just added to my vocab, spellcheck doesn't even know what it means). Teak circles are being milled out to mount the dome lights on. Head liner provided by Soundown will be glued to 1/8" plywood and held up by these pieces of teak. Fiddles and moldings are also being fit and drilled. It will be impressive when its finished but I won't be able to get far enough away with my camera to show you. Possible video 360??

So I head out to the shop Saturday morning to begin this teak cutting madness and decide that it would be a good plan to put a new blade on the chop saw. Disassemble, old blade off, new blade on, reassemble, pull trigger, notice wobbly blade, realize that the chop saw's inner working are bent, price out a new saw online, decide on the saw that's right for the shop, drive to Lowe's, get the more expensive saw (that has the sliding feature) because its on sale and not "that much" more than the one I was going to get. Not much teak got cut on Saturday but the shop has a fancy new saw and for the sake of the saw I'm not letting anyone use it (other than myself) until all the teak has been cut.

At nearly 30 dollars per board foot every scrap has been saved. Most of these small pieces can be cut into bungs or used as test pieces when fitting longer pieces. Anything left over will be sold as high end camp firewood for 65 dollars a box. I was thinking I could market it by saying that burning teak keeps away the mosquitoes. We could set up a stand at the end of the driveway with a coffee can for people to leave payment. "What that smell??" "Oh that's just my teak firewood, whenever I summer in Maine I only burn the best."

Enough of that, but there will be content added now that parts are being added to the boat and the sanding is completed. Check in tomorrow for the courtesy rope lighting that Dan Jr. installed underneath the side decks.......

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