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Old Mar 05, 2008, 10:17 AM
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Back in the Saddle Again

After getting some other projects buttoned up I've been able to get back on the CC in a serious fashion.

The last of the side planking is on now, and the first four are on the bottom. Hope to get the better part of the bottom planked today. Then, the fun begins on the deck -- which is my favorite part of building these old mahogany boats.

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Old Mar 05, 2008, 09:54 PM
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Planking the Bottom

Well, didn't make it as far as planned today, but got all but 4 planks are in place. Will get on those in the morning, then it's on to the top side.

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Old Mar 05, 2008, 10:00 PM
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There's still a few hour left in the day. LOL


Looks great so far.
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Old Mar 05, 2008, 10:16 PM
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Ahhh, Mahogany...

Looking great, Pat!
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Old Mar 10, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Finishing Up the Hull Planking

The last of the bottom planking is on, and the stem cap has been molded and glued in place. The stem cap was formed using a heated plank bender. The template provided in the kit was used to get the preliminary shape bent into the planks before the 3 laminations were glued in place. Once the glue had dried, the cap was carved to shape using a sharp wood chisel and block sanded into final contour.
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Old Mar 10, 2008, 10:34 AM
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Getting Started on the Deck Planking

The rpeliminary centerline and edge planking were glued in place per the instructions. The next step will be the fist plastic caulk strips, then the fill planking will get underway.

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Old Mar 13, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Stunning work, getting there for sure.....Ivan!
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Deck Planking is underway

Got a real good start planking the decks yesterday morning. Looks like the last of the wood will go on today, then it'll be time to move it all outside and start sanding -- a messy process to be sure. Things are starting to get exciting now!!!

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Looking very good.
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Old Apr 08, 2008, 10:11 PM
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The Last of the Mahogany is On!!!

Finished up the last of the planking late this afternoon. It began with the engine hatch cover, then on to the 1/8 sq. planks on the sideboards. There was a good bit of fitting required there, bit it all went well. And finally, the transom planking was added.

Once all the planks were trimmed, the detail sanding began. At this point the deck is pretty well done, and the easy parts of the hull have been smoothed. Tomorrow its on to the hard parts.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 11:34 AM
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The Grunt Work -- Phaze 1

Been sanding the hull for the last few days and have the planks all trimmed and leveled up. Once sanded, the dust was blown out of the gaps and the entire hull was given a "hand rubbed" application od Minwax Mahogany colored filler putty.

The putty was thinned about 70/30 with lacquer thinner and a glob smeared on with a putty knife. The glob was rubbed into the wood in a circular motion via "finger power". By the end of the day, enough is enough, but I have never found a better way to work the putty all the way into the gaps. Then once the putty was smeared in, the entire hull was rubbed down with an old t-shirt to remove the excess and evenly distribute the stain.

At this point, only a light finish sanding will be needed, then the hull will be stained again, allowed to fully cure, then the glass work will begin.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 11:37 AM
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Fitting the Running Gear

While the putty is curing I figured it would be a great time to cut in the rudder and prop bearing tubes. At this point, the stuffing box is ready to glue in place, but first, I'll fiberglass the bottom of the hull since sanding would be difficult with the stuffing box in place.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 12:05 PM
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Just out of interest...

Are the white lines between the mahogany planks an 'American thing'?... i dont recall seeing other boats having this feature.
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Old Apr 23, 2008, 09:08 AM
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toes, The decks on the Chris-Craft's were planked with a narrow gap between each plank. The white lines are the caulking used to seal the gaps. On the model, the caulk strips are simulated with .040 wide white styrene plastic.

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Old Apr 23, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Fiberglassing the Hull Bottom

The rudder and stuffing box was removed and the hull bottom fiberglassed with 5 oz. cloth and West Systems resin. The area around the stuffing box will be puttied and sanded, then the tube glued in place and faired into the hull with WS and Micro Ballons.
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