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Lady J, week five, paying the seams

After I bought two more multitools (Rockwell) the job of clearing out the old seam compound went much faster with three guys working it. I was still using my tool for rib replacement. We used a semi-circular sanding blade to get all of the residue out and prep the seams. Yesterday, we started paying the seams with cotton, both eight strand and cotton. Some of the places where the seams close up, you'd have to separate strands out and do those only to rejoin strands when it opened up again.



This afternoon, I started applying seam compound. Nasty, NASTY stuff to work with. Very stiff and clay like. It doesn't like sticking to the inside of the planking and will sometimes fall out just when you think ya have it set. Very oderifous as well so ya know you've been at it too long when ya can't smell it anymore.



Yeah, that's pretty ugly but I'll clean it up tomorrow after it's cured a bit. Jay was on the same side still paying seams further up the hull.



He came in with a Samurai topknot today, interesting doo. Zach was forward finishing the seam along the stem post that runs all the way from the back of the keelson.



Charles was hanging out by himself to Starboard working seams.



Me? I was relaxing some kinks after laying in that section of compound. My hands were sore today.



Them there Boys get to join the compounding fun starting tomorrow....

Anyways, that's another week and at least it looks like we're making headway at last.
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Good crew

So if the stuff falls out so easy ...what eventually holds in in for good?
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Once you work it in and smear it good it stays in place until it cures. Afterward, a primer and then bottom paint go over it. Also, when you wet the boat in and the wood takes up, it squeezes around and onto the compound.
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Wow - great progess dude. You really are a lucky man...working with your sons on such a cool gig.
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Yep, pretty cool. I get to pass on some useful skills and experiences to them. Friday's are beer days. We head out from the shop after work for a round of good beer and rotate who's buying.

Just wait smack, yours will be growed before ya know it and it'll be your turn.
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Once you work it in and smear it good it stays in place until it cures. Afterward, a primer and then bottom paint go over it. Also, when you wet the boat in and the wood takes up, it squeezes around and onto the compound.
So it sound like you need to have the boat really well dried out before you do this or further drying would ruin all your work?
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I don't know. By the time you get the old paint off and the old compound out, the wood has probably shrunk about 90% of the amount it will shrink. The stuff is pretty tacky and real pliable once you get it set in right. After it cures, it still has a grip and is like rubber, at least in theory. I'll be testing it a bit tomorrow.
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