The strongback is completed and the molds are in position. Starting to take shape! The strongback is the very flat, level and squared box in the photos below. It is attached to short (2 foot high) sawhorses on each end. The molds are attached and braced to the strongback. The boat will be constructed upside down over the molds. So far, I haven’t built anything that will be an actual piece of the boat when it’s completed! Everything in the pictures below will eventually go to the l...
Finished the molds today! The molds create the form upon which the boat will be built. There are 5 mold forms for this boat. The shape of the molds are taken right from the lofting drawing. Picking Up refers to techniques of transferring shapes on the lofting to boards so that the shapes can be cut out. To pick up the mold shapes, I ground off half of the heads of a few dozen nails so that they would lay flat exactly on the lines in the drawing that I wanted to transfer. I then placed boar...
After about 12 hours of work, nearly all lofting is complete and I can finally start some construction! The famous boat builder and author, Howard I. Chapelle wrote in his aptly named book ”Boatbuilding” – ”There was never a boat built in which too much lofting had been done”. By lofting, Mr. Chapelle is referring to the laying out of the lines and drawing of construction details to full scale, a tedious practice he writes ”avoids much trying and fitting...
I’ve recently begun to move on with building a traditional wooden yacht tender. Boatbuilding has always been fascinating to me as a type of woodworking and I’d like a new boat for next year. This is mostly a learn as I go project. I’d like to connect with others that are interested with boatbuilding (and could maybe offer me some guidance too) Selecting a boat Before choosing a plan, my basic requirements were that it would be built traditional wooden lapstrake constru...
It is now time to finish the custom boat bed. The customer picked two colors form a Minwax brochure: Harvest Grain and Cinnamon. Since I can’t find anyone to mix these for me we mixed them ourselves. The Harvest Grain is a kind of white wash stain to lighten the color of the oak. Since it is a two tone color, All parts that are different colors on the same part won’t be assembled until after the staining. This will save time on taping parts off and will be a cleaner look. ...
I worked on the bow of the boat bed. This is a design that I came up with. You may have seen them with drawers in the bow, but I find those not very practical. Because of the shape the drawers must be a triangle shaped. Because of that they can’t hold much stuff. My design has been to use it as a toy box. I first cut the shape of the bottom. I now have templates. The top is the same shape but with a cutout, to make a face frame of sorts. I attach both of them to a back board using p...
I am about to start on a boat bed. This is one that I’ve built several times. This one is a little different. The customer doesn’t have room for the foot (Bow) of the bed so I am making it as a stand alone toybox that can be pushed up to the foot of the bed when they have room. Also the customer wanted to add portholes down the side. I’ll have 3 on each side. Instead of the trundle there will be three drawers. I will also build a 5 drawer chest and a 2 drawer nightsta...
First I’ll update you as to the the wood I used. I talked to my friend and he reminded me what we made it with. The sides and bulkheads are fir, with marine ply to skin them. And the plank (which I don’t have a picture of yet) is laminated with Ash/Cherry/Ash. It’s got some nice shape to it, I’ll post a pic of it soon. Anyways, I’m looking for some advice here: The first picture is the ‘left hand’ side of the crack or whatever it is. ItR...
First of all, thanks to Trifern and Max for beating me to posting anything. They’ve given me welcome comments before I could do anything! Been reading this site daily for a couple of months now inspiring myself to build again…. So I’ll start with a work in progress. A couple of friends and myself decided to build our own DN ice boats sometime last year. I’ve already got one that I purchased a couple of years ago, but that’s only have the fun! So we got toge...
OK, two posts in one night….why not? We finally reached the end of the wrecking phase of this project and are actually getting some woodworking done on the boat. After wrecking out the old transom, spiling the shape of the old transom, we began to layout the new transom. So, let’s look at the process. Here we are with that large pattern we made of the transom. We’ve laid out a couple of lifts that were laminated up and are transferring the shape over to the new stoc...
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