One of my thoughts as I've been going about this process: I try to be really careful with my measurements and cutting. But MAN...it's amazing how when you finally put that piece on the boat, it can really be off. Then I sit in the moaning chair and ask if I really want to go through the work to do it over, or if "it will do"? I'm thankful for the forgiving nature of epoxy and its ability to cover over my myriad mistakes.
I have aspirations to one day build a traditional lap strake, clinker, or cold-molded boat. But my lack of woodworking skills gives me great pause. I don't know if it's because I'm naturally impatient, and I just say to myself, "that's good enough", or if I had the proper time and space and equipment, maybe I'd have a cleaner build? I do know I don't have proper sharpening tools to keep my edge tools keen. THAT's an issue. I also don't have the space to lay out boards properly so that I could be more accurate in my work. I also have become addicted to the jigsaw, which for me is like scissors for wood.
They say it's a poor craftsman who blames his tools. But the craftsman has to have tools to begin with, nest ce pas? My tool set basically consists of el-cheapo brand stuff from Home Depot, a few small planes that I bought on Ebay, A hand-me-down set of chisels with knicks and dings in the edges, a veritable boatload of clamps, and my trusty Bosch jigsaw. ;) Oh, and my brother in law has loaned me some nice belt sanders that I clamp upside down or sideways on my bench and use as grinders and spindle sanders.
Anyway...a couple more pix:
|A stem that is looking more and more like a boat.|
|....and you can never have enough clamps. Note the stem to stern run of spring clamps. I do believe that's ALL the spring clamps I own holding those planks on.|
|Hey...a reasonably clean fillet! A little sanding and a coat of bilge paint and you'll never know it was there!|
ON TO THE 3RD COURSE!