January 16, 2024
Calliope Girl 44
With the plywood blanks I’d pre-cut to the rough shape of the hull, I worked to finalize the four dividers/supports for the settee backrest and lockers. For each location, I scribed and trimmed the blanks to fit, then held them temporarily with hot glue blocks so I could use a simple jig to mark the 10° angle to match the backrest, and also mark the height of the backrest so I could strike a level line for trimming. Down on the bench, I trimmed each divider to its final size, keeping the cut lines just inside of the marks so I could make up the final difference later with a support cleat; I didn’t want the plywood to be over-sized at all.
I held the now-trimmed dividers in place with some dabs of hot glue, then applied small epoxy fillets and, finally, strips of 4″ tabbing on each side to secure the bulkheads in place.
During the afternoon, I worked on the final settee backrests, cutting them to match the templates from 12mm okoume plywood. These would be ready for installation as soon as all the preparatory steps for the insides of the lockers were complete.
Total time billed on this job today: 7.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 23°, cloudy. Forecast for the day: Snow after 1000, 30°