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Plank gauge

06-26-2013 11:37 PM by Boatman53 | 13 comments »

Participating in the marking gauge swap has been a lot of fun and has pushed me to keep making more costom/specialized tools. This tool has been on my to do list for a long time and I sure wish I had made it a long time ago. Often times special making gates are quickly made from plywood or whatever for a one time job and then tossed so it was hard at first to take the longer time to build this but it is worth the effort if you have a boat project in front of you. I found the inspiration in an...

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2011 Bodega Bay Boat Building Competition

05-02-2011 11:25 PM by Dan Lyke | 8 comments »

I’m a member of the awesome Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. Every time I go to a meeting, I kick myself for every meeting I’ve missed, because skill and knowledge demonstrated and transferred by the participants is amazing. A few years ago, there was a meeting at West County Design at which Craig Collins raved about the Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge. This is a competition in which you’re given: 2 sheets of 3/8” x 4’ x 8’ plywood 12 pieces of 1”...

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Shipyard Memories #13: Two Cape Scott 36's: Cold Molded Construction

02-15-2011 06:39 AM by shipwright | 7 comments »

This is the third in a series of blogs on the different types of wooden boat construction I’ve done. The first two covered traditional carvel planking and framed plywood construction. This one will concentrate on a method called “cold molding”. Cold molding refers to the fashioning of a hull form by gluing up layers of thin planking in different orientations much like a sheet of plywood is made, but in this case it takes the shape of a boat. There are several methods by ...

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Shipyard Memories #9: The Catboats: Framed Plywood Construction, Scarfing and Setup

12-07-2010 11:03 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

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...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #13: The First Plank

02-05-2010 07:15 AM by MattD | 20 comments »

The First Garboard Plank The first plank is on! It has been the most difficult part of the build so far. I’ve gone through 4 planks to get it right. For my fellow LJers who may be wondering, I’ve put in a few hours here and there, but I’ve taken quite a bit of time away from the project since the holidays. I’m exciting to be focused again. The challenge with this is getting the plank flush and tight into the rabbit along the keel. It’s a tough plank bec...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #12: Lining Off - Second Attempt

11-16-2009 02:42 AM by MattD | 4 comments »

I finished lining off the planks today. Lining off is the process with which you project the final plank layout onto the hull. My first attempt at this didn’t go so well. Thanks to some suggestions from some fellow lumberjocks, I took the time to learn more about the process and I’m much happier with the results. The book, Building Small Boats by Greg Rossel, as recommended by DaveR, is an exceptional resource and I basically used the process in the lining off chapter. Results ...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #11: Stem to Keel and Lining Off

10-19-2009 02:47 AM by MattD | 11 comments »

Just a few more steps left before I can start putting the planking on the sides. Cutting in the Rabbet Between Stem and Keel The next crucial step is cutting in the rabbet between the Stem and Keel. This was done entirely by hand with a few sharp chisels. I used a small piece of wood (3”x1”x3/8”) as a template, representing the plank, to ensure a smooth transition as I cut away the rabbet. Here is the before picture: And the after picture. This was done on both ...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #10: Cutting Stem and Keel Rabbet

09-30-2009 04:44 AM by MattD | 3 comments »

This next part is cutting the rabbet into the Keel and Stem. The rabbet is a groove for planking to butt into. The rabbet must be accurately cut in order to form a tight seal. The rabbet for sunshine runs down both sides of the stem as shown and continues along the keel to the stern. Keel Rabbet Cutting the Rabbet in the Keel was relatively easy since I had already beveled the keelson from the lofted lines in the Stem and Knee - Part 2 section. To me, it seemed practical to try ...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #9: Attaching Transom, Finding Planking Lumber and Copper Rivets

09-29-2009 03:56 AM by MattD | 9 comments »

It’s been a busy month for other things, but I’ve made some good progress on the boat. I’ve also managed to find some great planking lumber, with a great story behind it, which I’ll write about a bit below. But first, update on the transom which now completes the stern. The transom is attached to sternpost with 5 countersunk #10 bronze screws which are covered with matching cherry plugs. Later on, I’ll epoxy in and cut the plugs off flush. And a ...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #8: Keel, Keelson, Skeg and Sternpost - Part 1

08-17-2009 06:02 AM by MattD | 5 comments »

This is the construction of the Keel, Keelson, Skeg and Sternpost. These solid oak parts form the bottom backbone of the boat. I started by cutting out the shape of keel and keelson by transfering the measurements from the lofting. The keel is the thicker piece which be on the very bottom of the boat. The next step is to put a rolling bevel on the edge of the keelson. The intention is for the bottom planking to fit perfectly into a beveled “notch” that is carved into the...

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