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Shaping & Plugging Mast Ends

First order of business was to cut the mast to length.You definitely want to measure twice and cut once.

The plans call for an overall length of 16’4″. 316 more words

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Shaping the Mast

 Pick up a quality hand plane and take a few passes…it is such a rewarding experience.

I absolutely love my Lie Neilson low angle block plane and wish I had about three more.   275 more words

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Nothing to Do But Wait

I like to try to do something each day if possible, even if that means just cleaning up or fiddling with some minor issue.  This morning I am waiting for the epoxy to dry on my mast, so I decided to sharpen my block plane blades.   16 more words

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Glueing up the Mast

This was a little tense, like pouring cement.

Everything is timed and the clock cannot be turned back.   Once you start, your committed.  Furthermore, part way through, I thought I was going to run out of epoxy.   309 more words

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Checking Epoxy Pumps

Everyone has read it…the epoxy manuals always suggest you test pump dispensers for accuracy.

 You know, just to make sure they are dispensing the proper ratio of resin to hardener.   395 more words

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Shaping the Yard

I thought this was going to take a long time.

Truth is, 15 minutes per end and your done.  I used my block plane, wood rasp and finished off with some hand sanding.   102 more words

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Yard and Boom Rough Out

I decided to use 8/4 VG Douglas Fir for the Yard and Boom.  This allowed me to side step scarfing and additional laminations.  Once again, my Thule ski rack on my Subaru came in very handy to haul the 13′ stick home.   228 more words

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