The plans for this boat are free on the internet at:
South Haven Dory
I forgot to take pictures of laying out and cutting of the panels and the transom. So on to drilling the holes. Here Nick is marking the holes 3/8th in from the edge
The stern drilled and ready to fit the transom
Where we could we used a backing block to prevent splitting the plywood.
It's a poor photo, but you can see some splitting even using the backing block. It seems that the less pressure used on the drill the less splitting there is.
The stem drilled and ready for zip ties
The first zip ties installed. We bought some really cheap zip ties at the 99 cent store. $2 for 200. That's the good part. The bad part is that they break fairly easily. The ones that didn't break seemed to hold quite well.
After starting at the stem, we then tied up the transom. The plans called for 1/4" for the transom. We laminated 2 pieces of the Luan and made a stiffer transom.
Then turned the panels up on the table and began drilling and tying the bottom
A section of vinyl tubing on the drill acts as a stop ..
It works and kept me from drilling into the hull below.
Alternating sides we worked our way up towards the stem 4 holes at a time.
The plans said that the bottom is long on purpose. Once at this point the holes have to be drilled from the inside.
Once the holes were drilled we drew a line 3/8ths of an inch from the line of holes.
Then using a scrap of plywood, the depth of the saw cut is set to just cut through the panel. Then the bottom was trimmed along the line. I forgot to take a picture of the result.
Once tied up we flipped the boat off the table and set it on two milk cartons.
It looks like a boat!!
NEXT THE EPOXY
ENCAPSULATING THE BOTTOM
THE THOLE PINS