The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.04.18 - Cutting and Sticking

Not much work was carried out on Naiad yesterday, mainly trying to figure out the best way to modify the gammon iron. And lots of non-boat work.

Today I cut the legs off the gammon iron so that they can be welded back on again but at a different angle, one that matches the angle that the stem makes with the deck. I need the legs to slope back by 30 degrees which means cutting the legs off at an angle of 15 degrees. The legs will then be rotated by 180 degrees and will swap sides and Classic Marine, who sold me the fitting, will weld the legs back on again in their new position.

So, that was the cutting. The sticking is the start of the cockpit seats. I bought some oak planks and some of these are to be stuck together to make a wider plank. The glue for this is not epoxy as this does not have a good reputation for sticking oak. Instead I’m using resorcinol glue. Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll have a wide plank of oak and can stick some more together.

The oak planks are not grown and sawn planks but what is called “engineered” planks. Here shorted lengths of timber are carefully glued together using resorcinol glue to form the longer planks. In this way you can cut out the imperfections in the oak and using shorter lengths end up with quite good wood. I’m not bothered by the fact that the joins will all show, cost is a factor that I constantly bear in mind and this is a much cheaper way to get the planks I need than buying complete oak planks. That would be very expensive.

One leg amputated. You can see the wooden template I made to get the correct cutting angle.


And the second one off. It’s completely legless!


I’m using a length of kitchen work surface as the surface on which I’m going to glue the oak planks together. The weights at either end are required as the work top is slightly bent.


The wood and the sash cramps.


Laid out and ready to glue.


Glued up and the cramps tightened. Now I just have to wait.