Back in late January 2015, I thought we were going to get away with a very pleasant winter. I was wrong.
We have been hammered by temps down to zero Fahrenheit with wind chill piling on top of that. There have been a half dozen or so snow, sleet, and/or ice dumps. Through it all, though, Tent Model X has held up well (far better than some of my earlier tent attempts). I only intended for this tent to get me through to autumn 2014, when I planned to splash the boat. But when the tent was burglarized in May 2014, it knocked me completely off schedule. So Tent Model X has had to go through more than I anticipated, but it’s taken the abuse and held up well. Even when it’s way below freezing outside, the 70,000BTU kerosene-powered bazooka heater brings the interior of the boat up to a comfortable working temperature so epoxy will kick within 45 minutes or so. In spite of the nasty winter, our Roamer refit keeps moving in the right direction.
Fortunately, the second panel attaches directly to an overhead frame.
Time to get the corner piece ready to glue and screw in.
There was some mahogany remaining in the inside corner from the saw blade not quite being set high enough. It was right at the corner and was making it impossible to fully seat the panel, so I ran a die grinder disk from end to end and plowed a bit of a furrow.
It’s a lot easier to drill holes perpendicular to where the panel will be with the inside corner as a reference than to drill it from the back-side at an angle.
After wetting out the cut edge of the wall panel 2~3 times with epoxy, I mixed up another batch with wood flour to a peanut butter consistency and applied it over the wetted out edge.
The orange rubber glove protects the wood, but I needed to get creative with clamps to pull it all together.