After 4 attempts I finally got the deck glued. I ended up with one small crack at the tail. Hopefully it doesn't grow as the wood dries. I finally decided to let the deck soak for 24 hours. I did this using wet towels and a homemade drip system. I made the drippers out of ziplock bags hanging above the board and poked a pin hole in each bag. This kept the board nice and wet. I was surprised to see that the wood naturally curved to fit the board after the 24 hour soak. If only I would have tried this the first time, I would be done shaping and glassing. Hopefully the deck doesn't fly off when I remove the 600 lbs. of weight.
....the board is still under full weight. I have spotted 2 small cracks between cinder blocks. All else look well. I figured I would give the glue somewhere between 3 and 5 days to fully cure. I have noticed the Gorilla Glue seems to get a little harder every day for the first week. At least this seems to be the case with the foamy squeeze out.
I decided it was time for a weigh in. 58 lbs before glass and I am about 1/4 of the finished shaping and sanding. I figure that i may lose another pound after i finish shaping and sanding but that may be a high estimate. Glassing will add another 5-8lbs i am guessing. I don't know what the average board of this size weighs but this seems heavy. It sure felt a little heavy and awkward moving it around.
Post by juliangibraltar on Dec 2, 2013 9:44:28 GMT -5
Looking good 1974! Do you think the planks would have split if you had glued them in place individually? I am about to do my bottom planking and still torn between laying individually and taking more time or gluing them together and then fitting.....Individually they seem quite flimsy at around 6mm and should flex better than if all together?