Keel glue up and lead pour

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Keel glue up and lead pour

Postby SMHolmans on Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:53 pm

Well, I'm making progress and learning a lot as I go … but two more questions for you guys.

1. The manual says to glue up both sides of the centre board case in one go. Is there a good reason for this, apart from saving time? I'm tempted to glue one side at a time. I know it will take longer but I would have a lot less going on at once in a place where accuracy is paramount. I want a straight keel!

2. I have been looking for a cast iron vessel for the lead melt and pour, to no avail. What other vessels have people used? Is an old saucepan any good?

Many thanks.
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Re: Keel glue up and lead pour

Postby TassiePete on Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:16 am

I don't think it matters whether you do this glue-up in one hit or in two. Given that you have a lot of working time before the expose starts to cure, there is also plenty of time to line things up. There is no problem doing it all at once. One little tip: When you set all the clamps into place, leave a bit of room where the epoxy will squeeze out. It is easier to remove with a paint scraper while the glue is still green.

I used a cheap stainless steel cooking pot and a camping stove. The pot worked really well, because the lead did not stick to the pot. The fire could have had a bit more oomph. I think a single double ring (a turkey fryer ?) would be the way to go. I used several batches of a about a pint each ...

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Re: Keel glue up and lead pour

Postby SMHolmans on Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:00 pm

Thanks Peter. That's really helpful.

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