Checking that the hole is at right angles
Notice the masking tape
Perseverance is the name of the game. I’m still bashing on with making the keel. I managed to drill another hole through the port keel weight. This time I took greater care to make the hole at right angles to the outer surfaces. Firstly I made the Black and Decker workbench absolutely level. Then I clamped the weight and keel onto the bench making sure they were level. As I drilled the second hole, I frequently checked that the bit was vertical. During the drilling process oil was splattering out of the hole; therefore I protected the wood with masking tape.
My next job was to scrape and sand the epoxy fillets in preparation for epoxying the fore and aft edges. Before I could apply the epoxy I had to protect the edges of the aluminium side pieces with masking tape. I’m glad I did, because when I came to brush the epoxy onto the wood, some of it went on the masking tape. I removed the tape two hours after applying the epoxy, before it had hardened. I had learnt never to leave masking tape until epoxy hardens, because getting it off becomes a difficult task.