I can feel it in my bones.
It’s feeling so good to be at this stage of the build. It’s almost like the wooden boat Gods are smiling down on you with providential care & guidance. I’m definitely feeling the love.The front of the cabin sides need to be notched out to fit over the deck.The cleating needed to be beveled to better fit against the side. Though not shown here, a block plane made short work of this.
Somewhere I saw a picture of a Scamp with a handhold cut out of the cabin sides. I thought this made good practical sense and looked great. I epoxied the doubler onto the sides (while working on the bench). Then I used a 1 1/2″ forsner bit to drill 2 holes about 4 1/2″ apart (measured outside to outside). I then cut out the center material using a jig saw.I cleaned up the edges with my shinto rasp and used a 1/8″ round over bit to finish things off. I think this handhold will be very helpful boarding from a dock or just climbing into the boat from the shore (there are no beaches in Idaho). This photo also shows the relative size of the port lights. They measure 6″ in diameter.
Finally, I offset the front doubler pieces just to add a little dimension. Correction: Actually truth be told, I didn’t hardly have enough overhang on the front of the side panels to allow the doubler to fit. I would have needed to cut it so thin on the vertical side, that I decided to simply overhang it a bit. This allowed more room for an inside fillet.
Now setting my attention to the cabin top.
While I was working on deck preparations, I decided to take time to work on cabin windows (yes, now I’m multi tasking which I said earlier I would not do). As I get closer to finishing this build, it seems I want to speed up more in anticipation of completion. So, cabin windows. In checking the internet, the beautiful brass windows referenced in the plans ranged between $60 – 125/per light. This seemed excessive to me, so I decided to go with the ham’n egger approach and build my own. I first cut out the window opening in the cabin side panels. I then drilled holes and rounded the edges (and applied more epoxy). Not knowing how to secure the window lens, I called the smartest guy I know to consult. My dad said, “Son, you need a 3/8″ offset router bit”, A who? “Home Depots got em”. So off I went to purchase the strange bit. $29 dollars later, I had the bit in hand. After cutting 4 round hoops from 1/4″ plywood, I used the router to cut the offset. It worked like a champ. Now, the lens can be securely held in place by the outer hoops. The Lexan panels were purchased from Home Depot for $4.95/ea. I cut the circular shape on my band saw. Two coats of epoxy later, I was ready for finish paint.I found this Rust-Oleum Copper Hammered paint and thought I would give it a try.The results were amazing. The paint goes on as a solid color and then begins to separate into the blotchy hammered look. It levels out remarkably well and dries very fast. It created a very neat looking window frame.
These window frames are lightweight, simple and easy to build. If you don’t want to spend $200 on beautiful heavy windows, give these a try. I’m very happy with the results.