Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An Experiment.

I’m almost ready to begin cladding out the interior hull sides of our vessel, and am keen to maintain the lovely shapes that they describe. I’ve also been spending a bit of time thinking about how to do lately (it’s called daydreaming I think). So on Sunday morning, more or less while I waited for coffee, I pinned this lot to the hull side in the forward accommodation. It’s just a couple of packs of the cheap 8mm thin rubbish from wickes thrown up with complete disregard to where the butted joins fall, but two cups of coffee later, it seemed to answer the following questions.

1) Will the wooden panelling happily follow the original sweeping platelines in wendy’s steelwork, which I handily remembered to mark on the battens down one side before she was sprayfoamed?
A) So far so good, I need to go have a play in the engine room to be absolutely sure though…

2) Do all the battens fair up nicely in relation to one another, or will I need to fart around with them too?
A) Buggering hell, there’s always one.

3) My, this wickes panelling is certainly very cheap, so is it really too thin, or am I just overimagining things again?
A) Nope, it definitely is too thin. And also appears to be made from balsa.

That was fun. Next please.


Anonymous SweetpeainFrance said...

Ho hum.
Might you need to have water resistant wood and to prime and seal it before installation? In your case use a kind of varnish? Some wood is very absorbent of humidity like cheap t 'n g and balsa!
I am thinking of using waterproof mdf moulded panel in my bathroom on one wall opposite the bath, but it will have to be primed on all edges and painted with eggshell on all exposed sides.
Does it have to be wood in your case? What else could you use?
You've gottalotta surface to cover!
Ho hum again.....

8:42 pm  
Blogger Ib Frohberg said...

My self, Iwasathinking haveing
6mm readypainted, waterresistant
plywood, white, vere´s You can see
the wooden shape behind the paint.
Hopefully it match the shipshape..?

6:35 am  
Blogger bowiechick said...

At one time we had considered just using door skins for panelling. I think it is fine if you are already going over existing plywood whose surface isn't all that finished. However as a stand alone should you want to hang up anything between the rib/stringers, well there is no meat in that in which to hang anything. Consider the thickness of the material you are applying over all of that. MDF should always be avoided on boats of anykind, imho. Should, god forbid a pump fail, and they invariably do, you've no hope with MDF. Just my two bits! Happy Holidays to you both!

10:59 pm  
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10:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheap 8mm thin stuff? Prefabricated, purchased cut to size??

OK, who are you, and what have you done with Seb???

If there is any lining to be done, I know our intrepid adventurer will do it with something like hundred year old Oak, rescued from a source at least fifty miles away, that has to be de-nailed, run through a thicknesser at least twice, routed to a custom profile and finally lugged on board and mounted over the course of one long cold weekend ably assisted by Becky and a band of (passing?) cyclists. Pre-cut and purchased off the shelf? No, I refuse to believe it! :)

Chris, Sydney, Au

8:27 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hello mum,
you sure about that?
love, seb

7:24 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Ib,
thanks mate,

7:26 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Tana,
And a Merrry Christmas to you too!
Ho ho ho,
MDF. we concur...
cheers, s

7:27 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi, Chris,
um, busted... quite seriously I was hoping to use cherry or oak or something- and carvel plank the lot, which'll only take months. The crappy shop stuff is just to work out the lines. You know me too well. Scary.
cheers and merry christmabob.

7:30 am  

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