2004 rolls around...

Happy New Year!

The festivities are over. I'm more or less back on schedule. Another Winter Solstice has come and gone and the days are getting longer. That rates three "Yippies!"

When not attending to the endless series of parties, trips and assorted distractions, I've been plodding along, toiling at "Maddog!'s Crazy World of Doors"

The last two lower cabin doors were built a while ago, but due to the interminable interruptions, they sat uninstalled until last week.


The last couple of months have been a series of accomplishments and disappointments. While this completes the base cabinet doors, one of them, the leading door in the picture, warped out of shape a bit. I'm going to have to put a little heat to it to bring it back to true.

Since the last time you saw the head I've added more improvements. There's a bin behind it to hold a bag of peat moss. (Composting heads need a dose of moss after every "contribution." Once a week or so the handle in front rotates the drum inside mixing up the future humus.)


The medicine cabinet was built outside the boat, then installed. It's nice and square. The fit turned out to be looser than I'd anticipated, so there's a more liberal use of filled epoxy to glue it to the boat. As many times as I'd measured for it, I didn't see or take into account some of the out-of-squareness of the compartment. Well, "To err is human..." and so on. I decided I'd better forgive myself because I'm not about to scrap it and build another one.


The mirror was epoxied and 'glassed into place. I figure even if it breaks at least it can't come clattering down on the head. There's a tall shelf and a short one. Seemed like a good compromise. I'm not a big druggy so, aside from aspirin and antacids, I'll probably stuff it full of toilet paper. What am I thinking!?! I'll put the First Aid kit in it!

After the medicine cabinet I went back to the door factory. These are slated to be bookcases, but as mercurial as I am, there's no telling at this point what will wind up in them. At any rate, I took some pretty good measurements for the doors, and... discovered more skewed framing. Building on my med-cab experience, I left plenty of meat around the outer edges. Once they were built, I trimmed to fit.


They do look pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. I got thoroughly sick in morticing and installing button catches, so I'm going to install "el cheapo" double-roller and bent-metal-plunger catches. Saves nine bucks per door too.


Seems like it's been one screw-up after another...


I thought I'd done a superb job on these lift-up hatches and then realized they didn't open up all the way. The far ends banged into the forward closet, the near-right corner bangs into the bookcases. In order to use them, one hand would always have to hold the hatch up.

That wasn't going to be good enough, so I steeled myself for my first re-do.



To add insult to injury, the twist latches I invented weren't undercut, making it damn near impossible to open the hatches.
Someone asked about the latches...
As you can see elsewhere, they're recessed into the bin lid.
The plate is 6"x6". The latch is 6"x2". For no particular reason the axle is a 1" walnut dowel. The axle and the latch were glued together then liberally greased and inserted into the base. There are milk bottle washers between the latch and the plate.
The top is undercut finally and one end is slightly pointy to indicate which way the latch is pointing. The top side of the base and axle were greased, and another milk bottle washer separates the handle from the base. The handle is countersunk for the dowel.
The results are somewhat less than Coffee Table Picture Book quality, but frankly Scarlett...

Well, that's that. All better now. A forseeable number of mortices to install the bookcase doors and it's on to better things.


Doors hinged, catched, and finished - for now. "For now," means I still have some painting to do, but I'd rather be doing other things. So, it's "Door Factory Jailbreak!"
In a daring daylight escape, "Maddog!" MacBride was last seen jumping over the factory wall; bits of his chains still dangling from his ankle.

Back to the future

It's a good thing I jumped over the wall because I was beginning to feel like I was digging my way out of Stalag "Maddog!" with a teaspoon. The last batches of epoxy were measured with 3cc syringes. And they weren't even filled!
It's back to the future because I'll have to start all over again, now that I've started work on the galley and quarterberth.


After a massive clean-up, fore and aft, this is what's left - acres of rough space - the galley.
Of course, this means that the beautiful cabin now looks like this...


Not much to say here. The lower segments of this area were done "a while ago," so this shouldn't take all that long.
First... fillets. I'm glad to be back to using epoxy by the cup. 12 cups here, plus 14 cups of AerosilŪ


Well, let me tell you, kids. It's colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra up here in Philly. It's taking the goop two days to set up enough to sand. I guess that's OK though, it leaves me time to do little projects like building thermo shelters for Lisa's furry foundlings in the backyard, (stray cats.) They're not actually strays. They are cats that belong to people in the neighborhood. They come over for extra meals during the day, then crash in the abandoned house next door, and eventually find their way back home whenever it suits them. Anyway, She-who-feeds-anything-with-a-mouth-or-beak thought "Bratty Girl"(she's really talkative) and "Bob"(he has only half a tail), needed warmer digs than the basement next door. So I was volunteered to construct a couple of single feline dwellings.


Eventually filleting becomes second nature. These came out pretty smooth, but still needed a once-over to get the little burrs and nibs knocked off. I cut slabs of glass and fitted them into place. There are darts all around the knees, so everything will be snug and smooth. The Magik Marker dots and lines help me align the glass. It's best to do this before mixing any goop. This glass is pretty thick, I need to wetout the back first, otherwise it won't penetrate completely. The hull got wetout as well.


All done. Nice and smooth. No, there are no dry spots! I did some filling and leveling on the hull because I was taken to task about not fairing the hull around the portlites in the cabin well enough. I hope you're happy this time, Habib!

The countertop and the forward galley wall got their first coat of epoxy to get that part started. I've decided not to double up the thickness of the counter. It's a half-inch, but I'll be cutting openings and reenforcing the openings, so there's no need to add still more wood and weight.

Wait 'till you see this galley! I've been dreaming about it for a year!


This more like what's happening. The galley is straight. Ice box next to sink. Aft locker doors removed.
The dark smudges at the hull are the four portlites. If you saw these as little as a few days ago, you'll notice I moved the aft lites forward. The starboard lite will be handy for fresh air across the noodle when sleeping. Maybe? The port lite will be convenient for gazing off into space while doing dishes.This still isn't quite right, but it's close...

This way to see the Galley

This way [home2.] Home.[chaos]

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Written 2004/Jan/12
Revised 2004/Jan/20