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More progress on the Hitia 17

Well, this past week was a fairly slow week for build progress due to not having materials. About all I could do was continue to coat the bulkheads and other internal parts in epoxy. However, with new funds and new tools, the build jumped forward. In fact, I feel that I’ll start stitching by mid April. I’m very excited.

I sand some parts prior to sealing them with epoxy.

I sand some parts prior to sealing them with epoxy.

 

I have wanted a table saw for a while, and I felt that this project would benefit greatly from one. However, I also know a guy who cut off a bunch of fingers. . . makes for a very strange hand shake. I decided to get a SAWSTOP contractor saw as this model is currently the only available saw with “finger detection” available on it. The SawStop saws work by detecting the electrical  voltage change that comes when your finger touches the blade and then in a fraction of a second, a metal brake is fired into the blade which is stopped and the entire blade is also pulled under the table. I’ve seen a bunch of demonstrations and felt that the added safety was worth the expense.  I could find a couple of dealers locally, but  one didn’t really jump on the chance to “sell” the saw and when I found the SawStop on Amazon.com I decided to buy it there and it would be shipped to my house.

Sawstop

Here is the new contractor sawstop shortly after I began construction. The saw was not too difficult to put together.

Unfortunately, the saw is shipped in 4 boxes and all were shipped under the same tracking number. When only two boxes arrive and the order was marked as “delivered” I called the shipper who didn’t see anything else in their system. I then called Amazon who immediately sent out another unit virtually overnighting it to get it to me quickly. I then had to assemble it but I enjoy this sort of thing so that is not too bad. Overall I really enjoy this saw. I still use precautions such as using push sticks and the like. I can only compare it to a low end Dewalt with a cheap fence but this saw is super solid and makes cutting the wood a pleasant experience.

Here I've finished the table saw assembly.

Here I’ve finished the table saw assembly.

Also this week, I got a hitch installed on my car by Uhaul. Back in Colorado I didn’t like Uhaul that much. The employees (some were a franchise setup) were not particularly nice or helpful, their gas trucks burn fuel like its free and I prefer Penske’s rates despite their higher deck heights. However, I was very happy with the  hitch installation. They also referred me to a local trailer maker/seller BJ’s Trailers of Lebanon, TN. I was going to go with Harbor Freight or Northern Tool, but I wanted something that could handle 70+ mph without shredding tires. (The HF and Norther Tool trailers tires are not rated for freeway speeds without upgrading.) I purchased a 5X10 foot non-tilting trailer. I’m tired of carrying sofa’s, plywood and other large cargo on my car which is taking damage from these ridiculous loads.  The first use of the trailer was to carry a number of boards from the Home Depot. So much easier!

Might Merc sports a newly installed hitch as I prepare to hook up our new trailer. BJ Trailers was nice enough to throw in a jack wheel which makes moving the trailer around my driveway a cinch.

Might Merc sports a newly installed hitch as I prepare to hook up our new trailer. BJ Trailers was nice enough to throw in a jack wheel which makes moving the trailer around my driveway a cinch.

Last night I worked pretty late but Susan and I put down another coating of epoxy on the bulkheads, and then I ripped the boards down into the proper dimensions for stingers and keels for the boat. I’m still waiting on some of the epoxy materials so work will start to slow down, but I also worked to make a scarfing sled for the table saw and the keel will be ready to glue soon. I’m going to also cut the rip the boards for the sprit and study the mast construction a bit. I might go ahead and start construction  as the hulls will take a lot of time to wait for the glue to dry; it would be nice to have some sub assemblies to work on in the meantime.

Susan goes to work on the bulkheads allowing me to prepare the new lumber for ripping.

Susan goes to work on the bulkheads allowing me to prepare the new lumber for ripping.

Showing Susan how to apply epoxy.

Showing Susan how to apply epoxy.

The morning after the late night saw party, Mount Sawdust rises from the floor to an impressive height of nearly 7 inches.

The morning after the late night saw party, Mount Sawdust rises from the floor to an impressive height of nearly 7 inches.

 

 

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