How’s that for a wishy washy title:-) ?
I’ve been toying with the idea of building myself a small sailboat so the kids and I can putter about and maybe have some fun fishing from it. I am also hoping we can have fun putting it together so I don’t want to get too ambitious right out of the gate.
This weekend I find myself with a bit of time on my hands so I thought I’d experiment with some of the methods folks have described about making a mast. Now before all you folks who actually know what you are doing think I am completely off my rocker by building the mast first I must stress I am NOT building a mast I am just puttering around to see what one of the techniques would result in. It is the first saw dust I’ve made in a long while so it felt good to be back in the shop. ...life has an inexorable way of keeping us out of our shops sometime :-(
Any way this is what resulted:
and from the end….
It turned out surprisingly well considering I just kind of eyeballed the angles. I did try to impart a small taper but my method didn’t give me the result I was hoping for. This prototype did raise a few questions though. Is this type of construction actually strong enough for a mast? I’d been thinking as I did this that I may need to make a laminated core to fit down the middle as additional stiffening. Should I be using ‘triangle’ cross sections instead of just trapezoids? I realized the geometry was simple enough to draw out but that when it came time to actually begin cutting the pieces out that I could not quite wrap my head around how the pieces should be cut without setting up the saw too many times.
Any advice greatly appreciated:-)
-- "Checking for square? what madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2