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Closing in the Cabin

Now that the side and front decks are glued down I can start closing in the cubby / cabin. There are 2 sides and a roof. It's not really a cabin because it's open at the back.


Checking that the pieces actually fit on.

fitting the sides

For the most part the sides fit quite well. I will need to trim them slightly at the top but I'll wait till they are glued on before trimming. I had decided where the portholes were to be located. Here is a link to the porthole construction.

After some tweaking I put several coats of epoxy on the sides.


doublers doublers glued on

The front curvey bit gets a drain hole, a notch to allow for the thickness of the front deck, and a doubler. Once I had glued on the doubler and made the notch I was able to check the fit and sand the front end of the cabin side.


fitting the rooffitting the roof

After cutting the mast case hole I was able to put the roof on but it was too stiff to bend easily. That is a bit of a problem because it does not have any epoxy on yet.

While I think about how to fit the roof on, I bent it on the bench using clamps. A few days in this position helped a lot but it was still quite stiff.


fitting the rooffitting the roof

When I went to the farm supply store to get some bird seed I saw that they had a ratchet set with heavy duty strap on sale for 12 dollars. I grabbed one and it worked very well to bend the roof on enough that I could measure and cut the side support pieces. I had kept a piece of ash for this. I split it down the centre at an angle. This will reduce the amount of planing I will have to do to accommodate the angle of the roof.


Gluing the sides on

sides glued on

I spent some time figuring out exactly how the side rail, cubby and doublers all join in and fit together. It is not complicated but I had a senior's moment reading the manual and looking at the flat pieces.

I also spent some time sanding the inside faces of the side pieces and the front with its doubler. I also had to figure out how to clamp the sides on. It does not need a lot of clamping but there is a slight curve.

The sides are glued on and clamped. In the end I used mostly rope to tighten the pieces together.


I did not worry about getting a perfect glue line. I can reach all the edges and will be doing fillets and smoothing out the glue lines later. Since some of the edges are quite visible they need to be nicely done.



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