Starting To Fabricate The Timber Pads
14 June 2008 | Oriental, NC
Keith, hot and humid, but not as bad as last week
We are up early at 5:10 a.m. today. That is because we go to sleep early. That is because we work hard in the hot and humid conditions all day, day after day after day. It is also much more comfortable outside in the early mornings and late afternoons. We work in the mornings and use the late afternoons for other things, like having a beer and making and eating dinner. Anyway, every Hydrovane owner has to run the gauntlet of fabricating and installing the timber pads (Matt calls them plinth blocks) before you can get beyond installation of the bottom bracket. Timber pads pick up the space between the straight Hydrovane bracket and Tropical Dreamer's curved deck. I won't bore you with the entire process of fabrication (all at once), but the pads you see in the picture are used to obtain a mold of the actual pad, which has yet to be created. If you are lucky, you will be reading this posting many days from now and you can see the final timber pads without having to hear me complain about crawling into "the hole," as we call the place I go several times a day to work the back side of the bottom bracket of the Hydrovane. Its time to take the dogs for a walk in beautiful Oriental, NC.