Stanley Yacht Services: Flexiteek Training (Day 3) - Soft Welds & Install

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flexiteek Training (Day 3) - Soft Welds & Install

And we've completed our Flexiteek training! But, be assured, our training will never really end. Indeed, even though the formal class is over and we've been issued our certificates as Authorized Flexiteek Distributors, your SYS Captain and Crew will be returning to the Pompano workshop tomorrow to continue practicing our templating skills (on our personal boat) under the comfortingly watchful eye of the experts.

Today's class was definitely the advanced portion of our training. We learned how to do soft-welds on the face of the synthetic decking material (as opposed to the hard-welds done on the backside, which are not visible post-installation of the panel). As Julio, another one of the friendly and helpful Flexiteek artisans (and Armando's identical twin), cautioned, "A steady hand is needed for this work." No kidding!

After watching Jesús pull off the art of curved soft-welds with his usual ease and grace, one of us made her first soft-weld swipe on the infamous Scout baitwell hatch lid she's been fabricating for the past ... how long is it taking her? So as not to be cruel, Jo's first try will not be posted herein. Word has it she worked through lunch (while our Captain played ping-pong with the Flexiteek team, again) trying to cover up improve her handiwork. And yes, if you've been following the Scout saga, you already know what we're about to say: "Jo's not quite done." [We promise to post a pic of her final product ... whenever she submits same for inspection.]

Then, after two days of painstakingly hand-cutting our panels, we were treated to a demonstration of the CNC cutting machine, which carves panels based on template specifications calculated by Flexiteek's computer-aided design wiz, Jermaine. We were so mesmerized by the machine's ability and accuracy, we thought we'd share [apologizing in advance for our amateur videography skills]:


And then it was time to finally learn how to install the panels. Suffice it to say, we ran out of clean-up rags and Jesús had to break out more denatured alcohol for us novices, but our panels are definitely installed [on the plywood squares you can see us proudly holding, along with our Authorized Flexiteek Distributor certificates, in the photo below]:

Day Three at Flexiteek (Pompano, FL)
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We bid a fond farewell to our classmates from up north - George and Richard [Jacksonville] and John [Canada] - and set to work on the template for our boat. We'll give you more status updates tomorrow [especially if Jo actually finishes her project] and we hope you've enjoyed following our training with Tom Jacques and his wonderful crew of craftsmen at Flexiteek in Pompano. We'll post a group pic of them tomorrow, if we can drag them away from their work stations! Meanwhile, if you guys have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us or leave a comment!

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2 comments:

The Expert said...

Welding is useful because it can be used to weld many different types of metals like carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper, nickel, silicon bronze and other alloys.
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CNC Router said...

F-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c ! I was looking for similar projects last week, and now i see this post. I normally use breadboard to do this type of work, with one of these, job will be more easy.

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