I am really struggling with the first step in my Shearwater 17 hybrid build, which is putting together the puzzle joints on the hull.
The joints dont seem to fit properly, and it is taking many hours to sand them down so they somewhat fit, then glue, but there are gaps and they look like crap. The third joint i did is a disaster and not even. I would have thought puzzle joints would fit together without hours and hours of trying to get them to join properly.
The local distributor in Australia has included a product called TPRD, which is not in any CVC manual, and I was told to mix this with a batch of epoxy, and cover all over each piece before putting anything together, which i duly did. This is supposed to make the wood more waterproof. This added hours to the process even before step one, as each hull piece needed painting with a 2/1/.2 mixture, and then a lot of sanding as the wood became bubbled. I am wondering whether this advice was wrong, and it swelled the wood and the joints which is why I am getting this issue.
It is ruining the whole experience and I am about to burn the whole thing. It has taken me two months to effectively get nowhere. Any advice?