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Thanks. Getting them to run is amazing. There is no feeling like the first time a home made engine fires up for the first time after hundreds of hours of work. The more noise and smoke the better. Almost better than sex...
Yep, it is quite a feeling, I totally agree. I'm glad you put that "almost" in there, though.

Your boat thread is great, BTW, and your progress so far is impressive - keep up the good work!!

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Ahh! $60.00 later for two lengths of oak! dropboards coming right up! The plan is to laminate boards together to make two hatchboards that slide in from the top. There will be a shiplap between them to keep rain water on the correct side. Basically two of these: (idea and image borrowed from another thread
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Wouldn't having the edges with the grain running parallel to the companionway edges make the boards more likely to split there if hit really hard, by say a pooping wave??

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Hmmmmm. Crap. The idea is to keep the warp down. I really don't want 5 boards to remove. I don't think I will get a wave like that on lake erie, or will I? Maybe I need to reinforce this with 3" screws in from the edges?

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Well, I drew it up in CAD to get all the dims right. This was going to be the plan. I may just make the vertical pieces narrower so I can reinforce with long screws...

My companion opening only tapers a 1/2" from top to bottom (over 26") so the two boards are almost rectangles.
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Ok, modified the design so I can add long screws from the sides (after glueing and predrilling) The vertical boards are 1 3/4" wide.
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Yeah, well, I don't wanna buy teak, so oak it is. We will see how it goes.

The first thing I did was laminate 3 boards together. They are rough cut to size. Here they are glued with 2 part epoxy (the adhesive kind). That is a ratchet strap clamping it all together.

Did I mention I hate woodworking. I'll whittle steel anyday.
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If you don't want to have to do 300 coats of varnish on the oak... coat it with epoxy first, then varnish...the epoxy will keep it from absorbing water.

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Well, there is one made. I hate woodworking.
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That looks real nice! You have to show pics with the varnish on!
Wood working is actually pretty enjoyable to me, which is why I am a carpenter I guess.

(edit, don't know if it's camera or my monitor, but I see a greenish tinge that almost looks like poplar)

Been working on the brightwork for the Ariel:
From Ariel coaming blocks


(maybe that will work)

Since that pic was taken I've managed to get the 'caps' done, and have the first couple coats of varnish on, need to get a pic in.

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