I installed the transom cap. This is the last of the large items to be glued and attached and I'm very happy that I'm starting to finish off the final bits of this build. There is certainly still a lot to do, but major construction is completed.
I started by making blocks to put under the transom cap.
|blocks to fill the space. This block had the foreside partially removed for the doubler|
Then I iteratively dry fit the transom cap on top of the transom until it all fit together just right. This was time consuming and dust generating. I was happy to have the shinto rasp to chow down the light western red cedar.
I coated the bottom of the transom cap twice and glued on the doubler plate.
Once I had everything the way I wanted it, I finally glued it all up. (No good pictures of this.) I used small screw blocks to hold down the transom cap to the gunwhales.
Once that glue cured, I put in two permanent screws into the inwhales and removed the outer blocks.
|Screws into the inwhales|
|Detailed shot before the filling|
|Coats on the top and fills at the seams.|
Once I'm satisfied, then I can move on to paint.