Step 7: Assembling the pieces
This is the fun part.
1- The first thing I did was make some legs That I could clamp frames b and c to.
2 Since the frames are a little thin attach 3/4" blocks to both sides with wire nails(easy to remove) and make sure they are flush with the edges of each frame a, b, and c. We will be temporarily attaching the hull panels to these block later.
3. On each panel draw the lines where each frame will be attached. Be sure to mark both sides of each panel.
4. Attach legs to panel B and C, check spacing against plans, ensure they are centered, square to each other, level, and perfectly vertical.
5. mark the position of the legs on the floor and glue to floor with 5 minute epoxy.
Now that the frames are secure it is time to attach the various hull panels.
6. Start by laying the bottom panel across the two frames, center it and align it to the frame marks on the panel
7. attach to frame block temporarily by clamping then driving wire nails into blocks. Let some of the nail stick out.
8. Attach the transom with, structural epoxy t-88 or polyurethane glue(waterproof), clamps, and ring shank nails to the bottom panel.
9. After centering and aligning attach the stem with epoxy and marine ring shank nails.
10. With the help of another person attach the side panels to frames b, c following the same procedure for the bottom panel except don't attach to the stem or transom yet.
11. To avoid building a twist into the boat we have to be careful to bring the side panels into contact with the transom at the same time then glue, clamp, and nail. The same procedure is necessary when attaching the side panels to the stem.
12. The next step is the bilge panel, but to attach it we first have to start at the transom and work forward. First align the bilge panel so the gap between it and the bottom and side panels are minimized then nail to the transom and clamp to the stem.
13. At this point it is time to start stitching. drill holes about 1/2" from the edge of each panel every 4"-6". The hole should be the same thickness as the wire you are using to stitch the boat together with.
14. start cutting 6-8 inch lengths of wire to stitch the boat together with.
15. stitch it together working from the back to front. (It would have been nice to have a little kid for this step)
16. feed the wire through the holes from back to front, you have to do this from under the boat. After you are finished twist each wire together. Making sure the panels don't overlap one another, adjust the tension of each "stitch" as needed. As you near the stem glue and nail the the bilge panes to it. Follow this procedure for each bilge panel. Also, when approaching the frames go ahead and nail them to the frame blocks.
17. attach frame A using frame blocks, nails, and clamps.