816 isn’t really ready for this step but I had to see what it would look like with the mast:-) I am actually glad I did this because I identified a significant flaw in my build. There is significant torque applied to the step and parter so with the way I’ve mounted the partner on the 3/8 bulkhead it is clearly too weak to sustain the kinds of forces that it needs to. I will need to re-work the bulkhead and step. I left the bulkhead free floating at base, in retrospect this was a bad idea. Having the bottom fixed would have added some rigidity to the bulkhead, but probably not enough. I almost popped the bulkhead right out as I tried to step the mast and it got a little sideways on me as I was lowering it. I also learned that the mast is too thick for the hole in the partner, which is good actually because I wanted to plane the mast down at the base to make it look a bit better. I think I am going to replicate the partner and use that as the step and perhaps add some bracing to the bulkhead to further stiffen things up.
Spent much of the day planing the mast into a cylinder, after my test fit I really do want to add more of a taper but may leave that until I actually get out on the water. During the storm we had here I puttered around a bit with different bits of line and trying to figure out the rigging. I think I have a good idea of where I want to go, I just have to get it done. I have a few ideas of how to attach the leech of the sale to the mast but some of them take considerable time so I need to get something working first I can get fancy later. I did pick up a power cord for my lathe so I replace the old cord and powered it up. It sounds smooth and powerful and of course very quiet. I dabbled at trying some turning, but I’ll talk about that on a different post.
-- "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