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Sea Knight - Building Form Construction and Mounting the Frames


By Osangar - Posted on 21 May 2012

So I went downstairs and started working on my building form, one of the most important aspects of putting this whole boat together.  Must say I was glad it was a nice day out as I wasn't too impressed with what I ended up with.  I will cut myself a bit of a break as the parking spot I am working in has more little hills and valleys than the foothills and is definitely not level.

building form assembly

Had a bad feeling already at this point about how this was going to go, but had to keep going anyways.

building form assembly

Not complete, not even I could go any further.  As it looks there, believe it or not, it was perfectly level just not sure if it was at proper 90deg.  Somewhat solid, but nowhere near where it needs to be to build on.

building form assembly

lol, gotta love the cinder blocks and all the little pieces of wood trying to keep it level.  Not sure if the tears in my eyes were from laughing at myself or crying at my pathetic building form.  Just for a little punishment I had to look at the frames on it (at least it held their weight).

building form assembly

Knowing I couldn't possibly build a boat properly on that I went off to the lumber yard the next day and picked up some 2x4's and built myself a small deck to rebuild the building form on.

building form assembly

Much more solid, straighter and easier to level and I must say I feel so much better now.  Of course being here in the Pacific Northwest the sun wasn't going to stick around too long so I built a little shelter for the building area.

With that done I still had some odds and ends to complete like assembling my stem.

stem assembly

stem assembly

Added the cross members to the building form.  These wide pieces will allow me temporarily mount the frame sides to them making sure everything stays straight and aligned.

building form assembly

Frames and stem all aligned and being temporarily fastened to the building form.  Also made some improvements to the tarp covering the working area.

Mounting Frames

Cut out the pieces for my keel and will laminate them together.

Keel

Keel has been laminated and the grooves cut out of the frames for the keel to lay in.  For the most part things are actually going pretty smooth. Just taking my time.  I will need to fix my tarp and the wood holding it up as they will interfer with putting the sheer and chine down the side of the frames.

Mounting Frames

The keel doesn't fit too badly so far, will need to do some fine filing to make sure everything lays nice and flush.

Mounting Frames

I also need to do some fixes to frames four and five as I am not too impressed with my original assembly of the floor timbers to the frames.  Not showing the pictures but I had some spread when I was screwing them together, didn't clamp them.  In fact I found proper pilot holes, clamps and slow speed on the drill essential for screwing in soft stainless screws into hardwood.  Not doing one of the above usually resulted in a broken screw head.

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