Thsre are five 12 foot long pitch pine church pews in the photo dating back to circa 1880. The client is keen to retain them in the local area in the form of a variety of furniture pieces i.e. dining table, coffee table, monks bench, butchers block, bookcase etc. The first job is to break the pews up into manageable pieces to see exactly what is usable and then take them to be chemically stripped. I experimented with sanding the old finish off but it is far too time consuming and does...
I’ve been negligent in wrapping this up….but here’s the next stage, finishing up the hull itself. I out last episode, we had finished up the one side and now we’ll close it all up. Before we close up the other side, we’ve got to trim down the first side to get a nice clean line to work with. Nothing too scientific here, for the most part we eye-balled the parts around the stems and laid a strip down the keel-line to mark off the center. Getting the keel-l...
finally getting to work on the actual bowling alley part of the “bowling alley workbench”, although I really found Damian’s comment on a previous installment entertaining, and might refer to it from now as the “Alley Workbench”...lol. The top as can be seen in the sketchup model is made of 6 different components: Main Slab (nails and all), Dog holes strip, buffer strip, 2 skirts (front and back) and a breadboard End Cap. In reality this will change slightly...
It’s interesting how it feels like you’re standing still when you’re working on already dry-fit parts for additional features. After all – at the end of the day when you look at all the parts – they seem to look just the way they did in the morning. bummer. but even though things don’t seem that way somethings. Progress IS progress, and is one step closer to the finish line. Today I implemented the hardware for the leg vise in the right leg (I’m...
One important lesson i experienced this evening is to sand your clamping blocks well before using them on the molds to clamp the strips. I was in the middle of gluing a strip on and clamping it in place when i received a particularly nasty splinter from one of the clamping blocks. Stopping to remove a splinter in the middle of a glue up is exceptionally inconvenient. I am using the old puppy dewormer syringe application technique for my strips, about 20 cc for a 17 foot strip seems to...
I’m now developing my computer skills at the request of a photo journal of the kayak. Redwood 2×6’s reclaimed from a warehouse in California. Became 2,800 linear feat of redwood bead and cove for my wife to be’s Kayak. So i set up the molds on my front porch. Laminated the Stems Set up the Stems And started laying planks.
wow! 1:30 am i knew “i’m not going to bed until i get at least one plank on” was not a healthy statement. that comes from lots of experience. however, i just glued the first plank in place. with 16 station molds and two stem molds my imagination was stretched to come up with roughly 40 clamping positions. a combination of lead drafting ducks, bungee chords, c clamps, and spring clamps are holding the first strake in place. now the worst part about working late. going ba...
Is it just me or are knots in cedar strip canoes really cool. I think clear cedar is overrated. Because the hull is encased in fiberglass, the knots shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to hull strenth. But why doesn’t anyone make canoes with knots. As for me and my house, we will make knotty canoes.
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