Over the past couple of weeks, I've been working on fabrication of the clamp to replace the rotted section next to the chainplates which prompted this tear down. I made a new clamp using three pieces laminated together with MAS epoxy
and then planed and shaped.
Then, using the bandsaw, I set the notches.
I later cut them out using the multi tool. We then did a test fit.
Today, I mixed thickened epoxy
(using Black Locust sawdust) and we set the clamp in place.
Aft joint, notice the clamp shim to keep the clamp from sticking and to get even pressure?
Aft lower chainplate in it's slot.
Looking forward from inboard.
Looking aft from inboard.
Forward joint (not quite as tight as aft but close enough. Notice the height mismatch? The clamp thins forward so I'll hand plane it down to match.
A look at the upper chainplate in it's notch from outboard
I'll let it cure and then plane and fill as needed. I'm thinking of running a couple of bolts down through the center of the joints for insurance
. Once I'm done with this, we can go forward the the ribs starting aft.