This will probably be a pretty short blog, but wanted to share some progress of the next rocker I’m building. This one is for child #4, Jayne. It became tradition for each of my kids to get a rocker on their second Christmas and after plenty of thought about what to build, I finally decided on the boat. I have never built a boat so I hope the more nautically inclined folks out there cut me a little slack about my construction methods (or suggest a better method!). I want it to loo...
Plywood construction probably presents the easiest method for an amateur to build a good boat, but it is also useful a useful construction for a professional shop wanting to satisfy a customer who doesn’t have a large budget. It is a straightforward process and the plans tend to be easy to follow but there are a few tricks of the trade which I will try to cover. The two boats covered here are quite different sisters from the same plan. The first, “Catspaw” was built on s...
Yesterday I received a package from HobbyMill. Inside I found my wood order neatly packaged and individually labeled by species and thickness. Here you can see the three types Soft Maple for White Oak Alder for Western Red Cedar and Jatoba for Mahogany I am very pleased with the entire purchase from Jeff, he even through in an extra sheet of Alder since he suggested i practice the finishing since it is very soft and should probably be sealed. Build Costs: Plans – $45....
I have recently moved and progress on the model boat Sunshine has slowed. When i find my camera i’ll post the pictures of the completed molds mounted and aligned on the strongback. In preperation for actual construction I began researching what types of wood to use. I found out about Jeff at HobbyMill (HobbyMill@cinci.rr.com) on a model ship building forum and he has been a pleasure to work with. He has all kinds of wood you can order in sheets milled to spec or in strips. he is ev...
Enough with the lofting, on to working with some wood and actually building something. I cut two 4”x6” pieces of 1/4” plywood for each station mold and matched up the most square cornors to be the bottom and inside edges of bookmatched pairs. I lined up the edges and clamped the sets so that each pair could be temporarily attached together with screws for shaping. I pre-drilled 1/16” holes so the plywood wouldn’t split and tried to get the screws along t...
I have pressed on with the lofting and got the stations, stem pieces and skeg pieces lofted. The basswood didn’t like taking all the turns and my two 24” pieces are now a handfull of 2-4” inch pieces from all the breaks. The stations went together alright with some minor changes to fair the curves. they are drawn upside down so that when i make templates they all have a common bottom reference point for laying out the molds. I drew out all the stem pieces so that i c...
I bought some 1/4” x 1/16” x 24” basswood strips to use as batons and continued with the lofting. I’ts about like doing the full size lofting with 3/8” planks and crayons, but it’s a good start. I started with the sheer line in both profile and plan view to get a sense of the shape. I also lofted the keel and keelson. And then the stem. And finally the deadwood. The upper waterlines all turned into a bit of a mess because they are so clos...
Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #1: So it begins...wood arrives tomorrow...the quest to build a sailboat...
Ok…here I go…this is the official blog to begin what I hope will be a great quest—-to build a little sail boat by Stevenson Projects called “The Weekender”. I have been planning for this for many months and today was a big day. Here is a little bit of the path I have taken to get to this point in case you ever want build a boat. I just got back from the wood supplier and tomorrow I will have $1300 worth of wood delivered to my house. Its a bit daunting and ...
I started the process of lofting, drawing the 3D shape hull from front top and side views, based on the measurements from the plans using a scale of 2” = 1’. I have followed the same process that is required for a full size hull, but my scale will result in a hull 21” long and 8” wide. To create the full sized enlargement of the lines of the hull, the plans list points along the various curves which are carefully laid out on a grid and connected with long flexible ...
Hi Everyone, I am starting this blog series to document the process of building Sunshine, a 10’6” wooden yacht tender. She was originally designed for rowing, but I am building the sailing version. I purchased plans quite a while ago from Duct Trap Woodworking and am getting started by building a scale model. The model will be complete in every way possible so that I can work out all the problems before starting the full size build. The first step I have taken is to sc...
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