Build log 2014-02-19 : Bulwark

I prepared the bulwark assembly. Took me about an hour or so.

Bulwark and stanchions

Bulwark and stanchions

All three sides of the bulwark are glued togther with CA glue

Bulwark and stanchions

Bulwark and stanchions

Stanchions are glued onto bulwark also with CA glue

Bulwark and stanchions

Bulwark and stanchions

Complete assembly is not yet glued onto tug.

Lasercut plywood parts need to be sanded/cleaned to get a decent bond. The laser actually burns through the wood and you're left with coal/carbon which has to be sanded off. I then use acetone to remove any dust before I glue part together. Takes some time especially with twelve small stanchions to clean-up and fit...

Right now, all three sides of the bulwark are glued together with cyanoacrylate (CA) glue.

With the two rear center stanchions into the deck, rear bulwark was "pivoted onto" the two stanchions while more-or-less centering the bulwark relative to the deck.

I then glued the two rear outer stanchions to the bulwark. I then glued the two side bulwarks to the rear bulwark again with CA glue.

I then glued all stanchions one by one to the bulwark.

I can take the whole assembly off as I now have to sand the top of the bulwark and stanchions flat to get a decent fit for the top handrail.

Next step: once handrail fits on bullark, I'll install it with CA glue, reinforce all joints (and fill small gaps) with epoxy fillets and sand everything once more to get a decent/even base for painting.

Bulwark will be waterproofed with G4 marine varnish/primer just like the hull & deck.

Unrelated: I also added some epoxy (and leftover plywood) under both bitts so that I can safely use them as "handles".