A small break in the weather and off comes that tarp. I still have some sanding to do, infact quite a bit of sanding left to do; but I'm also starting to think about the other thousand jobs that need to be done on this boat.
I went to my local builders merchants today and ordered 18mm marine ply, 12mm WBP ply, a sheet of 4mm perspex and a sheet of 4mm cheap ply for test cuts, templates and what have you.
So that lot will allow me to start thinking about the floor, door, hatch and windows. My first batch of Epoxy resin
arrived on Tuesday. So this paragraph has cost me around €400
I live close to a Coillte site up on the Curlews. I take the dog walking up there a lot. One thing that sickens me about the otherwise beautiful place is the dumping that goes on up there. It makes me sick to my stomach. The dirty ****ers go up there in the middle of the night and dump their filth. Anyway, last week I was up there and noticed a table top dumped along with beds and mattresses. I decided the table top looked decent and would do me for a work table alongside the boat. So I opened up the car boot and managed just about to get the dam thing in. It's a massive heavy table, I'd say 6x4 and weighs a ton. Thank god for the old Corolla liftback, you'd fit a snooker table into it. As I drove out of the remote area with boot open and table sticking out, I wondered if I had been seen and if so, would the onlookers assume I was a dumper
Anyheeewww, today I decided to get started on the windows. The two front windows are profiled with a complex compound contour and I would like to get them shaped as well as I possibly can. Through much research on perspex, I now know that a heat gun is not the way to go. My plan is to make moulds of the windows, then make an oven, lay a cut of perspex over the mould and allow it to drape mould to shape. Sounds so simple when I just type it like that, the reality is somewhat different.
I started on one mould this afternoon. I cut a piece of old ply oversized in roughly the shape of a window, then cut it along where the main window bend is. I then taped the two pieces back together along that cut thus giving me a cheap hinge on the ply. It was then a case of using masking tape and uprights to position and hold the ply from the inside. I then started the job of filling the outside with more ply cuts and chicken wire. I then started to fill the profile from the outside with Homebase exterior filler (cheapest I could get). So tonight I have one window filled roughly, I will finish it off with a finer fill material and pray that it stays together when it comes time to remove it and place it in a makeshift oven. What could possibly go wrong !!!
I wasn't going to post this at all as I am in uncharted waters here. There are no precedents for what I am doing and I am bound to run into many problems. But I decided that a restoration is about the downs as well as ups so warts and all. If this goes belly up - so be it.
My plan for an oven, is a plywood box lined with foil, I will hang a 2 bar heater over the piece and maybe use a small fan. I have ordered a probe thermometer from ebay which will allow me to control the temp properly. I need to work on the perspex between 120 and 160 degrees c. To give you an idea of perspex when it's hot, think of an easy singles cheese slice and that's precisely what it's like.
1. Table top rescued from a ditch up in the Curlews. I bolted on 4 legs and voila, I have a big heavy work table out by the boat for free.
2. I cut a piece of ply to use as a mould backing.
3. The piece of ply in place. Started filling with other ply offcuts and chicken wire.
4. The first fill using Homebase exterior filler. This comes dry and you mix with water. I threw in a drop of washing up liquid for pliability and smoothness.
5. Back to sanding. I am suffering trying to get years of paint of rough grp. I have tried all sorts of tools and materials. Tonight I tried this fella, bought in Woodies a few days back. It's like a very hard sponge with just a small amount of give. It works great but wears away very quick and they're a tenner a go.